Famous Italian Engineers

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Pietro Boselli
(Italian Model, Engineer, and Former Mathematics Lecturer Known as ‘World’s Sexiest Maths Teacher’)
Pietro Boselli
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Birthdate: December 3, 1988
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Negrar, Italy

While he had been an Armani Junior model at 6, Pietro Boselli later earned a mechanical engineering degree, completed his PhD, and taught math. After a student posted a photo of him on Facebook and it went viral, Boselli became a sensation, gaining fame as the world's hottest math teacher.

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Piero Ferrari
(Entrepreneur, Engineer)
Piero Ferrari
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Birthdate: May 22, 1945
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Castelvetro di Modena
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Alfredo Ferrari
(Engineer)
Alfredo Ferrari
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Birthdate: January 19, 1932
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Modena
Died: June 30, 1956
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Ettore Bugatti
(Automobile Designer)
Ettore Bugatti
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Birthdate: September 15, 1881
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Milan, Italy
Died: August 21, 1947

Ettore Bugatti was an automobile designer and manufacturer. He is credited with founding the popular car manufacturer Automobiles E. Bugatti, which gained prominence as the maker of some of the fastest and technologically advanced cars of its day. In 2000, Ettore Bugatti was inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame.

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Giorgetto Giugiaro
(Automobile Designer)
Giorgetto Giugiaro
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Birthdate: August 7, 1938
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Garessio, Piedmont, Italy
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Renzo Piano
(Architect, Politician)
Renzo Piano
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Birthdate: September 14, 1937
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Genoa

Pritzker Prize-winning Italian architect Renzo Piano was born into a family of builders from Genoa. His firm Piano and Rogers, was co-established with British architect Richard Rogers. The Renzo Piano Building Workshop worked on a number of museum commissions, most notably those of Menil Collection.

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Horacio Pagani
(Businessman, Engineer)
Horacio Pagani
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Birthdate: November 10, 1955
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Casilda, Argentina
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Pier Luigi Nervi
(Engineer, Architect, Civil engineer, University teacher)
Pier Luigi Nervi
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Birthdate: June 21, 1891
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Sondrio
Died: January 9, 1979
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Andrew Viterbi
(Engineer, Entrepreneur, Computer scientist)
Andrew Viterbi
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Birthdate: March 9, 1935
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bergamo
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Giovanni Battista Caproni
(Civil engineer, Aerospace engineer, Engineer)
Giovanni Battista Caproni
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Birthdate: July 3, 1886
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Arco
Died: October 27, 1957
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Alfonso Bialetti
(Italian Engineer Best Known for Inventing 'Moka Express' Coffeemaker)
Alfonso Bialetti
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Birthdate: June 17, 1888
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Montebuglio, Italy
Died: March 4, 1970

Alfonso Bialetti was an Italian engineer best remembered for inventing the famous Moka Express coffeemaker. The coffee pot, designed by Bialetti in 1933, has been a style icon ever since it achieved popularity during the 1950s. Alfonso Bialetti is also credited with founding Bialetti Industries, a giant kitchen-ware company.

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Niccolò Fontana Tartaglia
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Birthdate: 1499 AD
Birthplace: Brescia, Italy
Died: December 13, 1557

Niccolò Fontana Tartaglia was the first to apply math to the science of ballistics. During the French invasion of Brescia, his jaw was sliced by a sword, causing him a speech difficulty, and thus gaining him the nickname Tartaglia, or "Stammerer." His Nova Scientia remains a significant work on mechanics.

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Enrico Mattei
(Entrepreneur, Politician, Engineer, Businessperson)
Enrico Mattei
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Birthdate: April 29, 1906
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Acqualagna
Died: October 27, 1962
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Umberto Nobile
(Explorer, Aerospace engineer, Politician, Military personnel)
Umberto Nobile
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Birthdate: January 21, 1885
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Naples
Died: July 30, 1978

Umberto Nobile was an Italian aeronautical engineer, Arctic explorer, and aviator. A developer of semi-rigid airships, Nobile is best remembered for designing the airship Norge, which was the first airship to fly across the polar ice cap between America and Europe. Umberto Nobile is also credited with designing and piloting the airship Italia, which belonged to the Italian Air Force.

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Aldo Costa
(Engineer)
Aldo Costa
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Birthdate: June 5, 1961
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Parma, Italy
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Giotto Bizzarrini
(Italian engineer)
Giotto Bizzarrini
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Birthdate: June 6, 1926
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Livorno, Italy
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Galileo Ferraris
(Former Physicist, known for alternating current, Rotating magnetic field)
Galileo Ferraris
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Birthdate: October 31, 1847
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Livorno Ferraris, Italy
Died: February 7, 1897

Galileo Ferraris was an Italian university professor, physicist, and electrical engineer. He was one of the pioneers of AC power system. He is also credited to be the inventor of the three-phase induction motor although he never patented his work. He worked at the Italian Industrial Institution and later at the Italian Electrotechnical Association.

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Francesco di Giorgio
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Birthdate: September 23, 1439
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Siena, Italy
Died: November 29, 1502

Francesco di Giorgio was a multidimensional person and was a sculptor, painter, writer, architect, and engineer at the same time. The quintessential Renaissance man, he was later chiefly known as an architect and served Duke Federico da Montefeltro. As a sculptor, he specialized in bronze sculptures.

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Bernardo Buontalenti
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Birthdate: December 15, 1531
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Florence, Italy
Died: June 6, 1608
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Domenico Fontana
(Architect)
Domenico Fontana
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Birthdate: 1543 AD
Birthplace: Melide, Switzerland
Died: June 28, 1607
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Luigi Vanvitelli
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Birthdate: May 12, 1700
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Naples, Italy
Died: March 1, 1773
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Dante Giacosa
(Automobile designer)
Dante Giacosa
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Birthdate: January 3, 1905
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: March 31, 1996
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Luciano De Crescenzo
(Writer, Film actor, Director,Engineer)
Luciano De Crescenzo
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Birthdate: August 20, 1928
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Borgo Santa Lucia, Naples, Italy
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Andrea Pininfarina
(Engineer, Ceo)
Andrea Pininfarina
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Birthdate: June 26, 1957
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Turin, Italy
Died: August 7, 2008
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Jules Dupuit
(Civil Engineer)
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Birthdate: May 18, 1804
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Fossano, Italy
Died: September 5, 1866

Nineteenth-century French civil engineer and economist Jules Dupuit ascertained the economic issues associated with public works. He pioneered the use of the diminishing marginal utility curve, while finding out the optimum cost for using a bridge, and also explained what later came to be known as consumer surplus.

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Mauro Moretti
(Former CEO and general manager of Leonardo S.p.A. (formerly Finmeccanica, from May 2014 to May 2017)
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Birthdate: October 29, 1953
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Rimini, Italy
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Giuseppe Mario Bellanca
(Italian-American Airplane Designer & Aviation Pioneer)
Giuseppe Mario Bellanca
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Birthdate: March 19, 1886
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Sciacca, Italy
Died: December 26, 1960

Giuseppe Mario Bellanca was an Italian-American airplane designer, builder, and aviation pioneer. He is credited with numerous design firsts and the aircraft designed by him have broken many aviation records. In 1973, Giuseppe Mario Bellanca was made an inductee of the National Aviation Hall of Fame.

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Giovanni Giorgi
(Physicist)
Giovanni Giorgi
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Birthdate: November 27, 1871
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Lucca, Italy
Died: August 19, 1950

Giovanni Giorgi was an Italian physicist and electrical engineer known for proposing the Giorgi system of measurement, the precursor to the International System of Units (SI). He worked as the director of the Technology Office of Rome and also taught at the University of Rome. He was an invited speaker at the International Conference of Mathematicians on three occasions.  

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Fabio Taglioni
(Engineer)
Fabio Taglioni
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Birthdate: September 10, 1920
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Lugo, Italy
Died: July 18, 2001
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Antonio da Ponte
(Architect)
Antonio da Ponte
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Birthdate: 1512 AD
Birthplace: Switzerland
Died: March 20, 1597
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Giacomo Torelli
(Stage designer)
Giacomo Torelli
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Birthdate: September 1, 1608
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Fano, Italy
Died: June 17, 1678
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John Isaac Thornycroft
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Birthdate: February 1, 1843
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: June 28, 1928
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Luciano Laurana
(Architect)
Luciano Laurana
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Birthdate: 1420 AD
Birthplace: Lake Vrana (Dalmatia), Croatia
Died: 1479 AD
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Vittorio Zonca
(Engineer)
Vittorio Zonca
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Birthdate: 1568 AD
Birthplace: Padua, Italy
Died: 1603 AD
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Jacopo Aconcio
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Birthdate: 1520 AD
Birthplace: Trento, Italy
Died: 1566 AD

Jacopo Aconcio was an Italian jurist, philosopher, theologian, and engineer. He is best remembered for his immense contribution to the history of religious toleration. He is also remembered for publishing a secular work that emphasizes the importance of a scientific approach.