Famous Italian Inventors

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Count Alessandro Volta
(Physicist, Chemist)

Count Alessandro Volta
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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.

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Antonio Meucci
(Inventor of voice-communication apparatus)

Antonio Meucci
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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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Guido of Arezzo
(Music theorist)

Guido of Arezzo
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Birthdate: 0991 AD
Birthplace: Arezzo, Italy
Died: 1033 AD
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Alfonso Bialetti
(Engineer who became famous for the invention of the Moka Express coffeemaker)

Alfonso Bialetti
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Birthdate: June 17, 1888
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Montebuglio, Italy
Died: March 4, 1970

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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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Santorio Santorio
(Physiologist)

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

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Giuseppe Mario Bellanca
(Airplane designer)

Giuseppe Mario Bellanca
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Birthdate: March 19, 1886
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Sciacca, Italy
Died: December 26, 1960
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Giovanni Battista Amici
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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.