Famous Italian Inventors & Discoverers

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 1 Guglielmo Marconi

Guglielmo Marconi
Famous As: Inventor & Physicist
Birthdate: April 25, 1874
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bologna, Italy
Died: July 20, 1937

Guglielmo Marconi was an Italian electrical engineer and inventor best remembered for his work on long-distance radio transmission. Marconi, who is credited with inventing the radio, was honored with the 1909 Nobel Prize in Physics for his work in the field of wireless telegraphy. Also a businessman, Marconi founded the Wireless Telegraph & Signal Company in 1897. 

 2 Count Alessandro Volta

Count Alessandro Volta
Famous As: Physicist, Chemist
Birthdate: February 18, 1745
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Como, Duchy of Milan, Italy
Died: March 5, 1827
While Alessandro Volta was a count by birth and was supposed to become a lawyer or a priest, he became a scientist instead. His invention of the battery led to the SI unit of electric potential being named volt. He was also the first to isolate methane gas.

 3 Antonio Meucci

Antonio Meucci
Famous As: Inventor of voice-communication apparatus
Birthdate: April 13, 1808
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Florence
Died: October 18, 1889
Italian inventor Antonio Meucci was born into poverty and had to work part-time as a gate-keeper to support his studies. While working as a stage technician, he invented a pipe telephone. He later invented an electromagnetic telephone-like device, credited by many as the world’s first telephone. 
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 4 Guido of Arezzo

Guido of Arezzo
Famous As: Music theorist
Birthdate: 0991 AD
Birthplace: Arezzo, Italy
Died: 1033 AD

 5 Alfonso Bialetti

Alfonso Bialetti
Famous As: Engineer who became famous for the invention of the Moka Express coffeemaker
Birthdate: June 17, 1888
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Montebuglio, Italy
Died: March 4, 1970

 6 Galileo Ferraris

Galileo Ferraris
Famous As: Former Physicist, known for alternating current, Rotating magnetic field
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.

 7 Santorio Santorio

Santorio Santorio
Famous As: Physiologist
Birthdate: March 29, 1561
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Koper, Slovenia
Died: February 22, 1636
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 8 Giuseppe Mario Bellanca

Giuseppe Mario Bellanca
Famous As: Airplane designer
Birthdate: March 19, 1886
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Sciacca, Italy
Died: December 26, 1960

 9 Giovanni Battista Amici

Giovanni Battista Amici
Famous As: Astronomer
Birthdate: March 25, 1786
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Modena, Italy
Died: April 10, 1863

Italian astronomer, microscopist and botanist Giovanni Battista Amici is best-remembered for effecting significant improvements in mirrors of reflecting telescopes and development of microscope. His subjects of studies included the satellites of Jupiter and double stars in astronomy and infusoria and fructification of plants in biology. He invented dipleidoscope and direct vision prism and was the first to discover pollen tubes.