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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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Physicists from Italy
Adolfo Bartoli Died at 45 (1851-1896) Adolfo Bartoli was an Italian physicist, who is best known for introducing the concept of radiation pressure from thermodynamical considerations. Born in Florence, Bartoli studied physics and ...more

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Alessandro Volta is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Physicists from Italy
Alessandro Volta Died at 82 (1745-1827) Alessandro Giuseppe Antonio Anastasio Volta was an Italian physicist and chemist credited with the invention of the first electrical battery, the Voltaic pile, which he invented in 1799 and the ...more

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Andrea Aparo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Physicists from Italy
Andrea Aparo age 64

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Angelo Battelli is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Physicists from Italy
Angelo Battelli Died at 54 (1862-1916) Angelo Battelli was an Italian scientist, notable for having measured temperatures and heats of fusion of non-metallic substances, metallic conductivities and thermoelectric effects in magnetic ...more

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Antonino Zichichi is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Physicists from Italy
Antonino Zichichi age 88 Antonino Zichichi is an Italian physicist who has worked in the field of nuclear physics. An ISI highly cited researcher, he has served as President of the World Federation of Scientists and as ...more

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Antonio Barbucci is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Physicists from Italy
Antonio Barbucci

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Antonio Pacinotti is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Physicists from Italy
Antonio Pacinotti Died at 71 (1841-1912) Antonio Pacinotti was an Italian physicist, who was Professor of Physics at the University of Pisa.

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Bruno Bertotti is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Physicists from Italy
Bruno Bertotti Bruno Bertotti is an Italian physicist, emeritus professor at the University of Pavia. He was one of the last students of Erwin Schrödinger. Bruno Bertotti is well known for his ...more

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Bruno Pontecorvo is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Physicists from Italy
Bruno Pontecorvo Died at 80 (1913-1993) Bruno Pontecorvo was an Italian nuclear physicist, an early assistant of Enrico Fermi and then the author of numerous studies in high energy physics, especially on neutrinos. According to Oleg ...more

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Bruno Zumino is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Physicists from Italy
Bruno Zumino Died at 91 (1923-2014) Bruno Zumino was an Italian theoretical physicist and emeritus faculty at the University of California, Berkeley. He obtained his DSc degree from the University of Rome in 1945. He was renowned ...more

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Carlo Alberto Castigliano is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Physicists from Italy
Carlo Alberto Castigliano Died at 37 (1847-1884) Carlo Alberto Castigliano was an Italian mathematician and physicist known for Castigliano's method for determining displacements in a linear-elastic system based on the partial derivatives of ...more

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Carlo Marangoni is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Physicists from Italy
Carlo Marangoni Died at 85 (1840-1925) Carlo Giuseppe Matteo Marangoni was an Italian physicist. Marangoni graduated in 1865 from the University of Pavia under the supervision of Giovanni Cantoni with a dissertation entitled ...more

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Carlo Matteucci is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Physicists from Italy
Carlo Matteucci Died at 57 (1811-1868) Carlo Matteucci was an Italian physicist and neurophysiologist who was a pioneer in the study of bioelectricity.

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Carlo Rubbia is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Physicists from Italy
Carlo Rubbia age 84 Carlo Rubbia OMRI 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 Z particles ...more

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Carlo Somigliana is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Physicists from Italy
Carlo Somigliana Died at 95 (1860-1955) Carlo Somigliana was an Italian mathematician and a classical mathematical physicist faithful to the school of Enrico Betti and Eugenio Beltrami. He made important contributions in elasticity. ...more

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Chiara Nappi is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Physicists from Italy
Chiara Nappi Chiara R. Nappi is an Italian physicist. Her research areas have included mathematical physics, particle physics, and string theory.

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Corrado Giannantoni is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Physicists from Italy
Corrado Giannantoni age 68 Corrado Giannantoni is an Italian nuclear scientist.

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Domenico Pacini is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Physicists from Italy
Domenico Pacini Died at 56 (1878-1934) Domenico Pacini was an Italian physicist noted for his contributions to the discovery of cosmic rays.

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Edoardo Amaldi is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Physicists from Italy
Edoardo Amaldi Died at 81 (1908-1989) Edoardo Amaldi was an Italian physicist.

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Emilio G. Segrè is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Physicists from Italy
Emilio G. Segrè Died at 84 (1905-1989) Emilio Gino Segrè was an Italian physicist and Nobel laureate who discovered the elements technetium and astatine, and the antiproton, a sub-atomic antiparticle, for which he was awarded ...more

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Emilio Zavattini is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Physicists from Italy
Emilio Zavattini Died at 80 (1927-2007) Emilio Zavattini was an Italian physicist.

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Ennio Candotti is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Physicists from Italy
Ennio Candotti age 76 Ennio Candotti 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 University of ...more

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Enrico Fermi is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Physicists from Italy
Enrico Fermi Died at 53 (1901-1954) Enrico Fermi was an Italian physicist, best known for his work on Chicago Pile-1, and for his contributions to the development of quantum theory, nuclear and particle physics, and statistical ...more

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Ernesto Sabato is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Physicists from Italy
Ernesto Sabato Died at 100 (1911-2011) Ernesto Sabato was an Argentine writer, painter and physicist. According to the BBC he "won some of the most prestigious prizes in Hispanic literature" and "became very ...more

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Ettore Majorana is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Physicists from Italy
Ettore Majorana Died at 32 (1906-1938) Ettore Majorana was an Italian theoretical physicist who worked on neutrino masses. He disappeared suddenly under mysterious circumstances while going by ship from Palermo to Naples. The ...more

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Evangelista Torricelli is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Physicists from Italy
Evangelista Torricelli Died at 39 (1608-1647) Evangelista Torricelli was an Italian physicist and mathematician, best known for his invention of the barometer, but is also known for his advances in optics.

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Fabio Cardone is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Physicists from Italy
Fabio Cardone age 57

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Federico Faggin is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Physicists from Italy
Federico Faggin age 76 Federico Faggin is an Italian-born and educated physicist, naturalized US citizen, widely known for designing the first commercial microprocessor. He led the 4004 project and the design group ...more

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Felice Fontana is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Physicists from Italy
Felice Fontana Died at 75 (1730-1805) Felice Fontana was an Italian physicist who discovered the water gas shift reaction in 1780. He is also credited with launching modern toxicology and investigating the human eye.

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Felix Ehrenhaft is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Physicists from Italy
Felix Ehrenhaft Died at 73 (1879-1952) Felix Ehrenhaft was an Austrian physicist who contributed to atomic physics, to the measurement of electrical charges and to the optical properties of metal colloids. He was known for his ...more

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Francesco Calogero is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Physicists from Italy
Francesco Calogero age 83 Francesco Calogero is an Italian physicist, active in the community of scientists concerned with nuclear disarmament.

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Francesco Maria Grimaldi is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Physicists from Italy
Francesco Maria Grimaldi Died at 45 (1618-1663) Francesco Maria Grimaldi was an Italian Jesuit priest, mathematician and physicist who taught at the Jesuit college in Bologna. He was born in Bologna to Paride Grimaldi and Anna Cattani.

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Francesco Sannino is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Physicists from Italy
Francesco Sannino age 50 Francesco Sannino is an Italian theoretical physicist and a professor at the University of Southern Denmark. He is an expert in effective field theories and their applications to strongly ...more

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Francesco Zantedeschi is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Physicists from Italy
Francesco Zantedeschi Died at 76 (1797-1873) Francesco Zantedeschi was an Italian priest and physicist.

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Franco Piperno is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Physicists from Italy
Franco Piperno age 75 Franco Piperno is a former communist militant from Italy. He is an associate professor of Condensed Matter Physics in the University of Calabria.

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Franco Rasetti is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Physicists from Italy
Franco Rasetti Died at 100 (1901-2001) Franco Dino Rasetti was an Italian scientist. Together with Enrico Fermi, he discovered key processes leading to nuclear fission. Rasetti refused to work on the Manhattan Project, however, on ...more

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Fulvio Melia is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Physicists from Italy
Fulvio Melia age 61 Fulvio Melia is an Italian-American astrophysicist and author. He is Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Arizona and was an Associate Editor of The Astrophysical Journal ...more

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Gabriele Veneziano is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Physicists from Italy
Gabriele Veneziano age 75 Gabriele Veneziano, is an Italian theoretical physicist and one of the pioneers of string theory. He has conducted most of his scientific activities at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland, and since ...more

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Gabrio Piola is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Physicists from Italy
Gabrio Piola Died at 56 (1794-1850) Gabrio Piola was an Italian mathematician and physicist, member of the Lombardo Institute of Science, Letters and Arts. He studied in particular the mechanics of the continuous, linking his name ...more

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Galileo Ferraris is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Physicists from Italy
Galileo Ferraris Died at 50 (1847-1897) Galileo Ferraris was an Italian physicist and electrical engineer, noted mostly for the studies and independent discovery of the rotating magnetic field, a basic working principle of the ...more

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Galileo Galilei is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Physicists from Italy
Galileo Galilei Died at 78 (1564-1642) Galileo Galilei, often known mononymously as Galileo, was an Italian physicist, mathematician, engineer, astronomer, and philosopher who played a major role in the scientific revolution during ...more

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Gasparo Berti is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Physicists from Italy
Gasparo Berti Died at 43 (1600-1643) Gasparo Berti was an Italian mathematician, astronomer and physicist. He was probably born in Mantua and spent most of his life in Rome. He is most famous today for his experiment in which he ...more

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Germano D'Abramo is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Physicists from Italy
Germano D'Abramo age 44 Germano D'Abramo is an Italian mathematician and physicist. He currently works at the Istituto di Astrofisica Spaziale e Fisica Cosmica, Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica in Rome. At the ...more

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Giambattista Benedetti is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Physicists from Italy
Giambattista Benedetti Died at 60 (1530-1590) Giambattista Benedetti was an Italian mathematician from Venice who was also interested in physics, mechanics, the construction of sundials, and the science of music.

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Gian Domenico Romagnosi is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Physicists from Italy
Gian Domenico Romagnosi Died at 74 (1761-1835) Gian Domenico Romagnosi was an Italian philosopher, economist and jurist.

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Gian-Carlo Wick is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Physicists from Italy
Gian-Carlo Wick Died at 83 (1909-1992) Gian Carlo Wick was an Italian theoretical physicist who made important contributions to quantum field theory. The Wick rotation, Wick contraction, Wick's theorem, and the Wick product are named ...more

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Giorgio Parisi is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Physicists from Italy
Giorgio Parisi age 69 Giorgio Parisi is an Italian theoretical physicist. He is best known for his works concerning statistical mechanics, quantum field theory and various aspects of physics, mathematics and ...more

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Giovanni Aldini is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Physicists from Italy
Giovanni Aldini Died at 72 (1762-1834) Giovanni Aldini, Italian physicist born at Bologna, was a brother of the statesman Count Antonio Aldini and nephew of Luigi Galvani, whose treaties on muscular electricity he edited with notes ...more

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Giovanni Alfonso Borelli is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Physicists from Italy
Giovanni Alfonso Borelli Died at 71 (1608-1679) Giovanni Alfonso Borelli was a Renaissance Italian physiologist, physicist, and mathematician. He contributed to the modern principle of scientific investigation by continuing Galileo's custom ...more

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Giovanni Amelino-Camelia is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Physicists from Italy
Giovanni Amelino-Camelia age 52 Giovanni Amelino-Camelia is an Italian physicist of the University of Rome La Sapienza who works on quantum gravity. He is the first proposer of Doubly special relativity that is the idea of ...more