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Famous Mathematicians from Italy

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List of notable or famous mathematicians from Italy, with bios and photos, including the top mathematicians born in Italy and even some popular mathematicians who immigrated to Italy. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Italian mathematicians then this list is the perfect resource for you. These mathematicians are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known mathematician from Italy is included when available.

List is made up of people like Galileo Galilei and Piergiorgio Odifreddi.

This historic mathematicians from Italy list can help answer the questions "Who are some Italian mathematicians of note?" and "Who are the most famous mathematicians from Italy?" These prominent mathematicians of Italy may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Italian mathematicians.

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    BirthplaceVenice, Scorzè, Italy

    Alberto Bressan (born 15 June 1956) is an Italian mathematician at Penn State University. His primary field of research is mathematical analysis including hyperbolic systems of conservation laws,...  more
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    Alessandro Galilei

    Dec. at 46 (1691-1737)

    BirthplaceFlorence, Italy

    Alessandro Maria Gaetano Galilei was a Florentine mathematician, architect and theorist, a member of the same patrician family as Galileo. He received architectural and engineering training from...  more
  • 3

    Alessandro Marcello

    Dec. at 74 (1673-1747)

    BirthplaceVenice, Scorzè, Italy

    Alessandro Ignazio Marcello (Italian: [marˈtʃɛllo]; 1 February 1673 – 19 June 1747 in Venice) was an Italian nobleman and composer....  more
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    Alessandro Marchetti

    Dec. at 81 (1633-1714)

    BirthplaceGorizia, Italy

    Alessandro Marchetti (17 March 1633 – 6 September 1714) was an Italian mathematician, noted for criticizing some conclusions of Guido Grandi, a student of Giovanni Alfonso Borelli who was influenced...  more
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    Antonio Manetti

    Dec. at 73 (1423-1497)

    BirthplaceEurope, Eurasia, Italy, Florence, Southern Europe

    Antonio Manetti was an Italian mathematician and architect from Florence. He was also the biographer of the architect Filippo Brunelleschi. He is particularly noted for his investigations into the...  more
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    Antonio Signorini

    Dec. at 74 (1888-1963)

    BirthplaceArezzo, Italy

    Antonio Signorini (2 April 1888 – 23 February 1963) was an influential Italian mathematical physicist and civil engineer of the 20th century. He is known for his work in finite elasticity,...  more
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    Barnaba Tortolini

    Dec. at 65 (1808-1874)

    BirthplaceRome, Italy

    Barnaba Tortolini (19 November 1808 – 24 August 1874) was a 19th-century Italian priest and mathematician who played an early active role in advancing the scientific unification of the Italian...  more
  • 8

    Benedetto Castelli

    Dec. at 65 (1578-1643)

    BirthplaceBrescia, Italy

    Benedetto Castelli (1578 – 9 April 1643), born Antonio Castelli, was an Italian mathematician. Benedetto was his name in religion on entering the Benedictine Order in 1595. ...  more
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    Bernardino Baldi

    Dec. at 84 (1533-1617)

    BirthplaceEurope, Marche, Eurasia, Province of Pesaro and Urbino, Italy

    Bernardino Baldi (5 June 1553 – 10 October 1617) was an Italian mathematician and writer. Baldi descended from a noble family from Urbino, Marche, where he was born. He pursued his studies at Padua,...  more
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    Bonaventura Cavalieri

    Dec. at 49 (1598-1647)

    BirthplaceMilan, Italy

    Bonaventura Francesco Cavalieri (Latin: Cavalerius; 1598 – 30 November 1647) was an Italian mathematician and a Jesuate. He is known for his work on the problems of optics and motion, work on...  more
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    Bruno de Finetti

    Dec. at 79 (1906-1985)

    BirthplaceInnsbruck, Austria

    Bruno de Finetti (13 June 1906 – 20 July 1985) was an Italian probabilist statistician and actuary, noted for the "operational subjective" conception of probability. The classic exposition of his...  more
  • 12
    Camillo Agrippa was a noted fencer, architect, engineer and mathematician of the Renaissance. He is considered to be one of the greatest fencing theorists of all time....  more
  • 13

    Carlo Alberto Castigliano

    Dec. at 36 (1847-1884)

    BirthplaceProvince of Asti, Eurasia, Italy, Piedmont, Asti

    Carlo Alberto Castigliano (9 November 1847, Asti – 25 October 1884, Milan) was an Italian mathematician and physicist known for Castigliano's method for determining displacements in a linear-elastic...  more
  • 14

    Carlo Severini

    Dec. at 79 (1872-1951)

    BirthplaceArcevia, Italy

    Carlo Severini (10 March 1872 – 11 May 1951) was an Italian mathematician: he was born in Arcevia (Province of Ancona) and died in Pesaro. Severini, independently from Dmitri Fyodorovich Egorov,...  more
  • 15

    Carlo Somigliana

    Dec. at 94 (1860-1955)

    BirthplaceComo, Italy

    Carlo Somigliana (20 September 1860 – 20 June 1955) was an Italian mathematician and a classical mathematical physicist, faithful member of the school of Enrico Betti and Eugenio Beltrami. He made...  more
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    Cesare Arzelà

    Dec. at 65 (1847-1912)

    BirthplaceSanto Stefano di Magra, Italy

    Cesare Arzelà (6 March 1847 – 15 March 1912) was an Italian mathematician who taught at the University of Bologna and is recognized for his contributions in the theory of functions, particularly for...  more
  • 17

    Ennio de Giorgi

    Dec. at 68 (1928-1996)

    BirthplaceLecce, Italy

    Ennio De Giorgi (8 February 1928 – 25 October 1996) was an Italian mathematician, member of the House of Giorgi, who worked on partial differential equations and the foundations of mathematics....  more
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    Enrico Betti

    Dec. at 68 (1823-1892)

    BirthplacePistoia, Italy

    Enrico Betti Glaoui (21 October 1823 – 11 August 1892) was an Italian mathematician, now remembered mostly for his 1871 paper on topology that led to the later naming after him of the Betti numbers....  more
  • 19

    BirthplaceMilan, Italy

    Enrico Bombieri (born 26 November 1940 in Milan) is an Italian mathematician, known for his work in analytic number theory, Diophantine geometry, complex analysis, and group theory. He won a Fields...  more
  • 20

    Enzo Martinelli

    Enzo Martinelli (11 November 1911 – 27 August 1999) was an Italian mathematician, working in the theory of functions of several complex variables: he is best known for his work on the theory of...  more
  • 21

    Eugenio Beltrami

    Dec. at 64 (1835-1900)

    BirthplaceCremona, Italy

    Eugenio Beltrami (16 November 1835 – 18 February 1900) was an Italian mathematician notable for his work concerning differential geometry and mathematical physics. His work was noted especially for...  more
  • 22

    BirthplaceMilan, Italy

    Eugenio Calabi (born 11 May 1923 in Milan, Italy) is an Italian-born American mathematician and professor emeritus at the University of Pennsylvania, specializing in differential geometry, partial...  more
  • 23

    Eugenio Elia Levi

    Dec. at 34 (1883-1917)

    BirthplaceTurin, Italy

    Eugenio Elia Levi (18 October 1883 – 28 October 1917) was an Italian mathematician, known for his fundamental contributions in group theory, in the theory of partial differential operators and in the...  more
  • 24
    Eugenio Moggi is a professor of computer science at the University of Genoa, Italy. He first described the general use of monads to structure programs....  more
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    Evangelista Torricelli

    Dec. at 39 (1608-1647)

    BirthplaceFaenza, Italy

    Evangelista Torricelli ( TORR-ih-CHEL-ee, also US: TOR-, Italian: [evandʒeˈlista torriˈtʃɛlli] (listen); 15 October 1608 – 25 October 1647) was an Italian physicist and mathematician, and a student...  more