Italian Women Scientists

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Maria Gaetana Agnesi
(First Woman to Write a Mathematics Handbook and the First Woman Appointed as a University Mathematics Professor)
Maria Gaetana Agnesi
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Birthdate: May 16, 1718
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Milan, Italy
Died: January 9, 1799

Italian mathematician Maria Gaetana Agnesi, daughter of an affluent silk trader, was well-versed in a number of languages as a child. Most of her work was regarding algebra, calculus, and the Witch of Agnesi. She was also the first female academic to write a math book and to teach math.

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Laura Bassi
(Italian Physicist)
Laura Bassi
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Birthdate: October 29, 1711
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bologna, Italy
Died: February 20, 1778

Known as Bolognese Minerva, Laura Bassi became the first woman physics professor to have taught at a European university, when she started teaching at the University of Bologna. A child prodigy, she excelled in Latin and math at age 5. She was also the first lady with a doctorate in science.

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Marcella Hazan
(Writer, Biologist)
Marcella Hazan
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Birthdate: April 15, 1924
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Cesenatico, Italy
Died: September 29, 2013
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Fabiola Gianotti
(Italian Experimental Particle Physicist and First Woman Director-General at CERN)
Fabiola Gianotti
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Birthdate: October 29, 1960
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Rome, Italy

Fabiola Gianotti made headlines when she became the first woman director-general at CERN. The daughter of a geologist father, she gained an interest in science after reading about Marie Curie. The Italian particle physicist, who played a major role in the Higgs boson discovery, is also a trained ballerina.

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Margherita Hack
(Astrophysicist)
Margherita Hack
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Birthdate: June 12, 1922
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Florence, Italy
Died: June 29, 2013
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Chiara Nappi
(Italian Physicist)
Chiara Nappi
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Birthdate: February 21, 1951
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Naples, Italy

Chiara Nappi is an Italian physicist with research experience in the areas of mathematical physics, particle physics, and string theory. After receiving a degree in physics from the University of Naples, she moved to US to carry out academic research. She has been a professor of physics in multiple institutions. Besides scientific research, she often writes on women in science. 

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Ilaria Capua
(Virologist)
Ilaria Capua
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Birthdate: April 21, 1966
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
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Francesca Bria
(Information technologist)
Francesca Bria
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Birthdate: November 11, 1977
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)