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Famous Physicists from Italy

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

List contains people like Enrico Fermi and Galileo Galilei.

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

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    Adolfo Bartoli

    Dec. at 45 (1851-1896)

    BirthplaceFlorence, Italy

    Adolfo Bartoli (19 March 1851 – 18 July 1896) was an Italian physicist, who is best known for introducing the concept of radiation pressure from thermodynamical considerations. Born in Florence,...  more
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    Alessandro Volta

    Dec. at 82 (1745-1827)

    BirthplaceComo, Italy

    Alessandro Giuseppe Antonio Anastasio Volta (Italian: [alesˈsandro ˈvɔlta]; 18 February 1745 – 5 March 1827) was an Italian physicist, chemist, and pioneer of electricity and power who is credited as...  more

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    Andrea Aparo

    Age: 67
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    Angelo Battelli

    Dec. at 54 (1862-1916)

    BirthplaceMacerata Feltria, Italy

    Angelo Battelli (28 March 1862 – 11 December 1916) was an Italian scientist, notable for having measured temperatures and heats of fusion of non-metallic substances, metallic conductivities and...  more
  • 5

    BirthplaceTrapani, Italy

    Antonino Zichichi (Italian: [antoˈniːno ddziˈkiːki]; born October 15, 1929) is an Italian physicist who has worked in the field of nuclear physics. He has served as President of the World Federation...  more
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    Antonio Barbucci

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    Antonio Pacinotti

    Dec. at 70 (1841-1912)

    BirthplacePisa, Italy

    Antonio Pacinotti (17 June 1841 – 24 March 1912) was an Italian physicist, who was Professor of Physics at the University of Pisa....  more
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    Bruno Bertotti

    Bruno Bertotti (24 December 1930 – 20 October 2018) was an Italian physicist, emeritus professor at the University of Pavia. He was one of the last students of physicist Erwin Schrödinger.Bertotti...  more
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    Bruno Pontecorvo

    Dec. at 80 (1913-1993)

    BirthplaceMarina di Pisa, Italy

    Bruno Pontecorvo (Italian: [ponteˈkɔrvo]; Russian: Бру́но Макси́мович Понтеко́рво, Bruno Maksimovich Pontecorvo; 22 August 1913 – 24 September 1993) was an Italian nuclear physicist, an early...  more
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    Bruno Zumino

    Dec. at 91 (1923-2014)

    BirthplaceRome, Italy

    Bruno Zumino (April 28, 1923 − June 21, 2014) was an Italian theoretical physicist and faculty member at the University of California, Berkeley. He obtained his DSc degree from the University of Rome...  more
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    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
  • 12

    Carlo Marangoni

    Dec. at 84 (1840-1925)

    BirthplacePavia, Italy

    Carlo Giuseppe Matteo Marangoni (29 April 1840 – 14 April 1925) was an Italian physicist. Marangoni graduated in 1865 from the University of Pavia under the supervision of Giovanni Cantoni with a...  more
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    Carlo Matteucci

    Dec. at 57 (1811-1868)

    BirthplaceForlì, Italy

    Carlo Matteucci (21 June 1811 – 25 June 1868) was an Italian physicist and neurophysiologist who was a pioneer in the study of bioelectricity....  more
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    BirthplaceGorizia, Italy

    Carlo Rubbia, (born 31 March 1934) is an Italian particle physicist and inventor who shared the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1984 with Simon van der Meer for work leading to the discovery of the W and...  more
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    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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    Chiara R. Nappi is an Italian physicist. Her research areas have included mathematical physics, particle physics, and string theory....  more
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    Corrado Giannantoni

    Age: 71

    BirthplaceGioia dei Marsi, Italy

    Corrado Giannantoni (born 1950) is an Italian nuclear scientist....  more
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    Domenico Pacini

    Dec. at 56 (1878-1934)

    BirthplaceMarino, Italy

    Domenico Pacini (Marino, February 20, 1878 – Rome, May 23, 1934) was an Italian physicist noted for his contributions to the discovery of cosmic rays....  more
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    Edoardo Amaldi

    Dec. at 81 (1908-1989)

    BirthplaceCarpaneto Piacentino, Europe, Eurasia, Italy, Southern Europe

    Edoardo Amaldi (5 September 1908 – 5 December 1989) was an Italian physicist. ...  more
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    Emilio G. Segrè

    Dec. at 84 (1905-1989)

    BirthplaceTivoli, Italy

    Emilio Gino Segrè (1 February 1905 – 22 April 1989) was an Italian-American physicist and Nobel laureate, who discovered the elements technetium and astatine, and the antiproton, a subatomic...  more
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    Emilio Zavattini

    Dec. at 79 (1927-2007)
    Emilio Zavattini (March 14, 1927 – January 9, 2007) was an Italian physicist....  more
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    Ennio Candotti (born 1942 in Rome, Italy) is a Brazilian physicist and scientific leader. He studied physics at the University of São Paulo, in São Paulo, from 1960 to 1964, and also at the...  more
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    Enrico Fermi

    Dec. at 53 (1901-1954)

    BirthplaceRome, Italy

    Enrico Fermi (Italian: [enˈriːko ˈfermi]; 29 September 1901 – 28 November 1954) was an Italian and naturalized-American physicist and the creator of the world's first nuclear reactor, the Chicago...  more
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    Ernesto Sabato

    Dec. at 99 (1911-2011)

    BirthplaceDVD Region 4, South America, Argentina, Rojas Partido, Rojas

    Ernesto Sabato (June 24, 1911 – April 30, 2011) was an Argentine novelist, essayist, painter and physicist. According to the BBC he "won some of the most prestigious prizes in Hispanic literature"...  more
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    Ettore Majorana

    Dec. at 31 (1906-1938)

    BirthplaceCatania, Italy

    Ettore Majorana (, Italian: [ˈɛttore majoˈraːna]; born on 5 August 1906 – probably died after 1959) was an Italian theoretical physicist who worked on neutrino masses. On March 25, 1938, he...  more