Famous Italian Educators

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Antonio Lucio Vivaldi
(Baroque Composer & Virtuoso Violinist Known for His Violin Concertos 'The Four Seasons')

Antonio Lucio Vivaldi
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Birthdate: March 4, 1678
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Venice, Italy
Died: July 28, 1741

Italian Baroque composer, virtuoso violinist, and teacher, Antonio Lucio Vivaldi, is regarded as one of the greatest Baroque composers. He was extremely popular during his lifetime and composed many instrumental concertos and operas. He was also a Roman Catholic priest and worked at a home for abandoned children. Even though he died in 1741, his music continues to be popular.

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Maria Montessori
(Founder of the Montessori method of education)

Maria Montessori
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Birthdate: August 1, 1870
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Chiaravalle, Italy
Died: April 30, 1952

Maria Montessori was an Italian educator and physician best known for developing the Montessori method of education, a student-friendly method, which is being used in several public and private schools around the world. In 2020, she was nominated by Time magazine as one of their Top 100 Women of the year.

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Giuseppe Conte
(Politician)

Giuseppe Conte
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Birthdate: August 8, 1964
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Volturara Appula, Apulia, Italy

Former Italian prime minister Giuseppe Conte is a qualified lawyer and teaches law at various universities. He was one of the few Italian prime ministers to have held office without any previous political experience. He was also the first Western leader to impose a national lockdown during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Ottorino Respighi
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Birthdate: June 9, 1879
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bologna, Italy
Died: April 18, 1936

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Quintilian
(Rhetorician)

Quintilian
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Birthdate: 0035 AD
Birthplace: Calahorra, Spain
Died: 0100 AD

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Annibale Carracci
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Birthdate: November 3, 1560
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bologna, Italy
Died: July 15, 1609

Born to a tailor, Annibale Carracci set up a painters’ studio named Accademia degli Incamminati with his brother and cousin, thus establishing the famous Carracci family of painters. A significant figure of the Baroque movement, he is remembered for his iconic works such as Domine, Quo Vadis?

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Giacomo Balla
(Painter)

Giacomo Balla
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Birthdate: July 18, 1871
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Turin, Italy
Died: March 1, 1958
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Vittorio Emanuele Orlando
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Birthdate: May 19, 1860
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Palermo, Italy
Died: December 1, 1952

Prime Minister of Italy from 1917 to 1919, Vittorio Emanuele Orlando resigned from his position when he failed to secure concession at the Versailles Peace Conference. However, he remained active in politics, initially supporting the new Fascist Party of Benito Mussolini. Later he opposed fascism, remaining in retirement until the end of WWII and was nominated Senator for Life shortly thereafter.

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John Bosco
(Italian Catholic Priest Known for Educating the Poor and Founded the Education System 'Salesian Preventive System')

John Bosco
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Birthdate: August 16, 1815
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Castelnuovo Don Bosco, Italy
Died: January 31, 1888

The founder of the Salesian Order, John Bosco, also known as Don Bosco, started his life as a priest in Turin. He began teaching young boys who came to Turin for jobs and later branched out to form a similar institution for girls too, with St. Mary Mazzarello.

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Agnese Landini
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Birthdate: November 11, 1976
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Florence, Italy

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Giulio Caccini
(Composer)

Giulio Caccini
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Birthdate: October 8, 1551
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Lazio, Italy
Died: December 10, 1618

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Enzo Staiola
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Birthdate: November 15, 1939
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Rome, Italy

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Gabriele Falloppio
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Birthdate: 1523 AD
Birthplace: Modena, Italy
Died: October 9, 1562

Sixteenth-century Italian anatomist Gabriele Falloppio was also a Catholic priest. Of his many discoveries, the most well-known are the tubes which link the ovaries to the uterus, named fallopian tubes. He was also the first to offer written description of a condom as a protective measure against syphilis.

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Gio Ponti
(Architect)

Gio Ponti
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Birthdate: November 18, 1891
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Milan, Italy
Died: September 16, 1979

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Nicola Porpora
(Composer)

Nicola Porpora
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Birthdate: August 17, 1686
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Naples, Italy
Died: March 3, 1768

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Silvio Micali
(Computer scientist, University teacher)

Silvio Micali
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Birthdate: October 13, 1954
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Palermo, Italy

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Agostino Carracci
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Birthdate: August 16, 1557
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bologna, Italy
Died: March 22, 1602

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Alberico Gentili
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Birthdate: January 14, 1552
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Province of Macerata, Italy
Died: June 19, 1608

Regarded as the father of international law, Italian jurist Alberico Gentili was perhaps the first in western Europe to distinguish between secular law and canon law. He had also tutored Queen Elizabeth I, had served as a professor of law at Oxford, and specialized in Roman law.

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Novatian
(Scholar, Priest, and Theologian)

Novatian
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Birthdate: 0200 AD
Birthplace: Phrygia
Died: 0258 AD

Remembered as the second anti-pope, Novatian was also the first Roman theologian who wrote in Latin. Apart from developing Novatian Schism and studying apostasy, he also built his own church, despite immense opposition. He is believed to have been martyred after fleeing Rome during the persecution of Christians.

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Giacomo Carissimi
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Birthdate: April 18, 1605
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Marino, Italy
Died: January 12, 1674

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Gerard of Cremona
(Italian scholar)

Gerard of Cremona
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Birthdate: 1114 AD
Birthplace: Cremona, Italy
Died: 1187 AD

Considered as the most important translator among the Toledo School of Translators, Italian translator Gerard of Cremona translated many major scientific books from Arabic and Greek to Latin. Notable works of Cremona includes translating Aristotle's On the Heavens, Archimedes' On the Measurement of the Circle, al-Khwarizmi's On Algebra and Almucabala, Euclid's Elements of Geometry and most famously Ptolemy's Almagest.

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Santorio Santorio
(Physiologist)

Santorio Santorio
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Birthdate: March 29, 1561
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Koper, Slovenia
Died: February 22, 1636

Hieronymus Fabricius ab Aquapendente
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Birthdate: May 20, 1533
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Acquapendente, Italy
Died: May 21, 1619

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Giovanni Bononcini
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Birthdate: July 18, 1670
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Modena, Italy
Died: July 9, 1747

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Enrico Cecchetti
(Ballet Dancer)

Enrico Cecchetti
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Birthdate: June 21, 1850
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: November 13, 1928

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Julius Caesar Scaliger
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Birthdate: April 23, 1484
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Riva del Garda, Italy
Died: October 21, 1558

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Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari
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Birthdate: January 12, 1876
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Venice, Italy
Died: January 21, 1948

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Giuseppe Torelli
(Violinist)

Giuseppe Torelli
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Birthdate: April 22, 1658
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Verona, Italy
Died: February 8, 1709

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Realdo Colombo
(Professor)

Realdo Colombo
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Birthdate: 1515 AD
Birthplace: Cremona, Italy
Died: 1559 AD

Giovanni Battista Martini
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Birthdate: April 24, 1706
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bologna, Italy
Died: August 3, 1784

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Samuel David Luzzatto
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Birthdate: August 22, 1800
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Trieste, Italy
Died: September 30, 1865

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Gian Francesco Malipiero
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Birthdate: March 18, 1882
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Venice, Italy
Died: August 1, 1973

Bartolus de Saxoferrato
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Birthdate: 1313 AD
Birthplace: Marche, Italy
Died: July 13, 1357

Bartolus de Saxoferrato was an Italian law professor. Regarded as one of the greatest jurists of Medieval Roman Law, Bartolus is widely accepted to be the first theorist of international law. A prolific writer, he influenced several civilian writers like Richard Zouch and Alberico Gentili. Thanks to his popularity, many characters in Italian plays have been named after Bartolus.

Catherine of Bologna
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Birthdate: September 8, 1413
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bologna, Italy
Died: March 9, 1463

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Mario Praz
(Critic)

Mario Praz
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Birthdate: September 6, 1896
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: March 23, 1982

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Marie Josephine Gaudette
(Supercentenarian)

Marie Josephine Gaudette
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Birthdate: March 25, 1902
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Manchester, New Hampshire, United States
Died: July 13, 2017

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Goffredo Petrassi
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Birthdate: July 16, 1904
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Zagarolo, Italy
Died: March 3, 2003

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Arnaldo Momigliano
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Birthdate: September 5, 1908
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Caraglio, Italy
Died: September 1, 1987

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Bettisia Gozzadini
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Birthdate: 1209 AD
Birthplace: Bologna, Italy
Died: November 2, 1261

Bettisia Gozzadini was an Italian jurist who served as a lecturer at the University of Bologna. She is widely believed to be the first woman to have served as a lecturer at a university. A renowned orator, Gozzadini gave a eulogy at the funeral of Enrico della Fratta on 31 May 1242. Bettisia Gozzadini was also renowned for her beauty. 

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Angela Merici
(Educator)

Angela Merici
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Birthdate: March 21, 1474
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Desenzano del Garda, Italy
Died: January 27, 1540

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Vittorino da Feltre
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Birthdate: 1378 AD
Birthplace: Feltre, Italy
Died: February 2, 1446

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Giorgio Caproni
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Birthdate: January 7, 1912
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Livorno, Italy
Died: January 22, 1990

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Lodovico Antonio Muratori
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Birthdate: October 21, 1672
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Vignola, Italy
Died: January 23, 1750

Best known for discovering the Muratorian Fragment, Lodovico Antonio Muratori was a pioneer of Italian historiography. He began his career as a priest and joined the Ambrosian library of Milan. He is remembered for his works such as Anecdota and Annali d’Italia. He was also against orthodox religious beliefs.

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Albert Raby
(Teacher)

Albert Raby
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Birthdate: 1933 AD
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: November 23, 1988

Best remembered for successfully arranging a boycott against segregation of Chicago schools, African-American civil rights activist Albert Raby was also the convener of Coordinating Council of Community Organizations. It was on his request that Martin Luther King moved his movement to Chicago. Later he managed Harold Washington’s mayoral campaign; serving on the Commission on Human Relations during the latter’s tenure.

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Francesco De Sanctis
(Literary critic)

Francesco De Sanctis
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Birthdate: March 28, 1817
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Morra De Sanctis, Italy
Died: December 29, 1883

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Verrius Flaccus
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Birthdate: 0055 AD
Birthplace: Palestrina, Italy
Died: 0020 AD

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Guarino da Verona
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Birthdate: 1374 AD
Birthplace: Verona, Italy
Died: December 4, 1460

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Edoardo Sanguineti
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Birthdate: December 9, 1930
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Genoa, Italy
Died: May 18, 2010

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Caelestius
(Theologian)

Caelestius
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Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Campania, Italy

Caelestius was an influential theologian in early Christianity. He was a devoted follower of the Christian teacher Pelagius and the Christian doctrine of Pelagianism. With his propaganda, he was successful in convincing many people to convert. Since their teachings were opposed to Augustine of Hippo, Caelestius and Pelagius were repeatedly condemned and called “heretics.” 

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Julius Pomponius Laetus
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Birthdate: 1428 AD
Birthplace: Teggiano, Italy
Died: June 9, 1498