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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.

Use this list of renowned Italian physicists to discover some new physicists that you aren't familiar with. Don't forget to share this list by clicking one of the social media icons at the top or bottom of the page. (96 items)
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Adolfo Bartoli is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Physicists from Italy
Adolfo Bartoli Dec. at 45 (1851-1896)

Birthplace: Florence, 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 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Physicists from Italy
Dec. at 82 (1745-1827)

Birthplace: Como, 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 ...more

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Andrea Aparo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Physicists from Italy
Andrea Aparo Age: 65
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Angelo Battelli is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Physicists from Italy
Angelo Battelli Dec. at 54 (1862-1916)

Birthplace: Macerata 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
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Antonino Zichichi is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Physicists from Italy
Age: 89

Birthplace: Trapani, 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 ...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
Dec. at 71 (1841-1912)

Birthplace: Pisa, Italy

Antonio Pacinotti (17 June 1841 – 24 March 1912) 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 (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 ...more
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Bruno Pontecorvo is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Physicists from Italy
Dec. at 80 (1913-1993)

Birthplace: Marina 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 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Physicists from Italy
Dec. at 91 (1923-2014)

Birthplace: Rome, 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 ...more
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Carlo Alberto Castiglian... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Physicists from Italy
Dec. at 37 (1847-1884)

Birthplace: Asti, Italy

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 ...more
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Carlo Marangoni is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Physicists from Italy
Dec. at 85 (1840-1925)

Birthplace: Pavia, 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 ...more
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Carlo Matteucci is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Physicists from Italy
Dec. at 57 (1811-1868)

Birthplace: Forlì, Italy

Carlo Matteucci (21 June 1811 – 25 June 1868) 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
Age: 84

Birthplace: Gorizia, 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 ...more
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Carlo Somigliana is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Physicists from Italy
Dec. at 95 (1860-1955)

Birthplace: Como, 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 ...more
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Chiara Nappi is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Physicists from Italy

Birthplace: Italy

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: 69

Birthplace: Gioia dei Marsi, Italy

Corrado Giannantoni (born 1950) is an Italian nuclear scientist.
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Domenico Pacini is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Physicists from Italy
Dec. at 56 (1878-1934)

Birthplace: Marino, 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.
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Edoardo Amaldi is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Physicists from Italy
Dec. at 81 (1908-1989)

Birthplace: Carpaneto Piacentino, Europe, Eurasia, Italy, Southern Europe, + more

Edoardo Amaldi (5 September 1908 – 5 December 1989) was an Italian physicist.
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Emilio G. Segrè ... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Physicists from Italy
Dec. at 84 (1905-1989)

Birthplace: Tivoli, 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 ...more
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Emilio Zavattini is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Physicists from Italy
Emilio Zavattini Dec. at 80 (1927-2007)
Emilio Zavattini (March 14, 1927 – January 9, 2007) was an Italian physicist.
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Ennio Candotti is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Physicists from Italy
Age: 77
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 ...more
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Enrico Fermi is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Physicists from Italy
Dec. at 53 (1901-1954)

Birthplace: Rome, 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 ...more

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Ernesto Sabato is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Physicists from Italy
Dec. at 100 (1911-2011)

Birthplace: Rojas, Buenos Aires, Argentina

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 ...more
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Ettore Majorana is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Physicists from Italy
Dec. at 32 (1906-1938)

Birthplace: Catania, 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

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