University Of Padua

Discover the notable alumni of University Of Padua. The list includes people like Gerolamo Cardano, Francis de Sales, Stephen Báthory, Thomas Browne & Elena Cornaro Piscopia. This list of notable alumni is loosely sorted by popularity and has people from different domains of life, such as miscellaneous, intellectuals & academics, leaders, physicians and scientists etc.
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Nicolaus Copernicus
(Polish Astronomer Who Proposed That the Earth Revolves Around the Sun)
Nicolaus Copernicus
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: February 19, 1473
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Toruń, Poland
Died: May 24, 1543

Nicolaus Copernicus was a mathematician and astronomer. He is credited with formulating Heliocentrism, which led to the Copernican Revolution. Although Aristarchus of Samos had formulated Heliocentrism 18 centuries earlier, Copernicus was responsible for popularizing it. Copernicus is also credited with formulating an economic principle, which was later called Gresham's law.

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William Harvey
(Physician)
William Harvey
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Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: April 1, 1578
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Folkestone, England
Died: June 3, 1657

The first to discover the entire process of human blood circulation, physician William Harvey was a Royal College of Physicians fellow. He also served as the personal physician of James I. He later worked at the Bartholomew’s Hospital but was replaced for being a staunch monarchist.

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Giacomo Casanova
(Italian Adventurer and Author)
Giacomo Casanova
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: April 2, 1725
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Venice, Italy
Died: June 4, 1798
Italian adventurer Giacomo Casanova is best remembered for his memoir, Histoire de ma vie, which serves as a mirror of 18th-century European lifestyle. His countless affairs made him synonymous with the word "womanizer." He also befriended the European royalty and church authorities, and was quite fond of gambling.
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Albertus Magnus
(One of the Greatest German Philosophers and Theologians of the Middle Ages)
Albertus Magnus
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 1200 AD
Birthplace: Lauingen, Germany
Died: November 15, 1280

Albertus Magnus was a friar, bishop, and philosopher. Regarded by some as the greatest German theologian and philosopher of the Middle Ages, Albertus' writings have inspired the iconography of the archivolts and tympanum of the 13th-century portal of Strasbourg Cathedral. Remembered for his contribution to academics, several education institutions have been named after Albertus Magnus.

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Francis de Sales
(Bishop of Geneva (1602 - 1622))
Francis de Sales
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 21, 1567
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Château de Sales, Thorens-Glières, France
Died: December 28, 1622

Called the Gentleman Saint for his tenderness and patience, Francis de Sales was a Catholic priest and Bishop of Geneva (1602-1622). Canonized in 1665, he was later proclaimed Doctor of the Church for his contribution to theology and patron of writers and journalists for his extensive use of broadsheets and books. He also invented sign languages for teaching the deaf.

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Cesare Lombroso
(Criminologist, Phrenologist, Physician)
Cesare Lombroso
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Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: November 6, 1835
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Verona, Italy
Died: October 19, 1909

Cesare Lombroso was an Italian criminologist, phrenologist, and physician. He founded the Italian School of Positivist Criminology at the end of the 19th century. Initially an army surgeon, he later became a professor of forensic medicine and hygiene. His works drew from the concepts of physiognomy, degeneration theory, and psychiatry. Later in life, be became interested in spirituality.

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Thomas Browne
(English Polymath and Author Best Known for His Books 'Religio Medici' and 'Urne-Burial')
Thomas Browne
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: October 19, 1605
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: London, England
Died: October 19, 1682

Thomas Browne was an English author and polymath who wrote several books on varied fields, such as religion, medicine, science, and the esoteric. Browne incorporated different styles of writing depending upon the genre he was working on. Over the years, his writing has influenced several other writers like Herman Melville. Browne's works have been admired by personalities like William Osler.

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Carlo Rovelli
(Italian Theoretical Physicist and Writer)
Carlo Rovelli
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: May 3, 1956
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Verona, Italy

Carlo Rovelli is an Italian theoretical physicist and writer. He is active mainly in the field of quantum gravity and is a founder of loop quantum gravity theory. He also has experience working in the history and philosophy of science. His popular science book, Seven Brief Lessons on Physics, has sold over a million copies worldwide. 

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Stephen Báthory
(King of Poland and Grand Duke of Lithuania (1576 - 1586))
Stephen Báthory
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Birthdate: September 27, 1533
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Șimleu Silvaniei, Romania
Died: December 12, 1586

Stephen Báthory reigned as the King of Poland from 1 May 1576 to 12 December 1586. A member of the Báthory noble family of Hungary, Stephen ruled Transylvania during the 1570s before becoming the third elected king of Poland. Stephen Báthory is counted among the most successful kings in the history of Poland.

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Robert Bellarmine
(Italian Jesuit and a Cardinal of the Catholic Church)
Robert Bellarmine
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 4, 1542
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Montepulciano, Italy
Died: September 17, 1621

Robert Bellarmine was an Italian Jesuit and cardinal of the Catholic Church. One of the most important figures in the Counter-Reformation, he has been named a Doctor of the Church. He has also been canonized as a saint. He was a  professor of theology at the Roman College and later became its rector. He became Archbishop of Capua in 1602. 

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Giuseppe Tartini
(Italian Composer of the Baroque Era Known for His Violin Sonata in G Minor)
Giuseppe Tartini
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: April 8, 1692
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Piran, Slovenia
Died: February 26, 1770

Italian violinist Giuseppe Tartini initially studied and also established himself as a skilled fencer. Arrested for marrying an acquaintance of the archbishop of Padua, he fled to a monastery in Assisi, where he got addicted to music, later inventing the difference tone and a theory of harmony.

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John of Nepomuk
(Saint of Bohemia Who is Considered as the First Martyr of the 'Seal of the Confessional')
John of Nepomuk
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 1345 AD
Birthplace: Nepomuk, Czechia
Died: March 20, 1393

John of Nepomuk was the saint of Bohemia (present-day Czech Republic) who is usually depicted with a halo of five stars, symbolizing the stars that hovered over the Vltava River at the time of his murder. John of Nepomuk, who was drowned at the behest of Wenceslaus of Luxembourg, was beatified and canonized in 1721 and 1729 respectively. 

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Federico Faggin
(Italian Physicist and Entrepreneur Best Known for Designing the First Commercial Microprocessor 'The Intel 4004')
Federico Faggin
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Birthdate: December 1, 1941
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Vicenza, Italy

Federico Faggin is an Italian-American engineer, physicist, inventor, and entrepreneur. He designed the first commercial microprocessor, the Intel 4004. He is also the creator of the self-aligned MOS (metal–oxide–semiconductor) silicon-gate technology (SGT). As an entrepreneur, he co-founded Zilog, a company dedicated to microprocessors. He is the recipient of the 2009 National Medal of Technology and Innovation. 

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Ioannis Kapodistrias
(Former Governor of Greece)
Ioannis Kapodistrias
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: February 11, 1776
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Corfu, Greece
Died: October 9, 1831

Ioannis Kapodistrias was a Greek statesman who served as the first Governor of Greece from 1828 to 1831. One of the most distinguished diplomats and politicians of Europe, Kapodistrias had served as the Foreign Minister of Russia from 1816 to 1822. Considered an architect of Greek independence, Ioannis Kapodistrias is also regarded as the founder of the modern Greek state.

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Antonio Negri
(Italian Spinozistic-Marxist, Sociologist and Political Philosopher)
Antonio Negri
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Birthdate: August 1, 1933
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Padua, Italy

Italian philosopher Antonio Negri has donned many hats, from teaching law at the University of Padua to being part of the Italian parliament. An Autonomism leader, he was accused of being part of the left-wing militant organization Red Brigades and later fled to Paris. Empire is one of his best works.

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Gerolamo Cardano
(South African Politician and Zulu Tribal Leader Who Was Home Minister of South Africa from 1994 to 2004)
Gerolamo Cardano
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Birthdate: September 24, 1501
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Pavia, Italy
Died: September 21, 1576

Italian polymath Gerolamo Cardano is best known for his iconic work Ars magna, or The Great Art, which contributed immensely to the field of algebra. Throughout his illustrious life, he had been a physician, a math lecturer, and an astrologer. He was also the first to describe typhus fever clinically.

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Luigi Nono
(Composer)
Luigi Nono
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: January 29, 1924
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Venice, Italy
Died: May 8, 1990
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Marcella Hazan
(Writer, Biologist)
Marcella Hazan
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: April 15, 1924
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Cesenatico, Italy
Died: September 29, 2013
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Nicholas of Cusa
(German Mathematician and Philosopher)
Nicholas of Cusa
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: 1401 AD
Birthplace: Bernkastel-Kues, Germany
Died: August 11, 1464

Nicholas of Cusa was a German mathematician, astronomer, jurist, theologian, and philosopher. One of the first supporters of Renaissance humanism in Germany, Nicholas of Cusa made significant political and spiritual contributions in European history. He is remembered for his efforts to reform the universal and Roman Church.

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James Gregory
(Scottish Mathematician and Astronomer)
James Gregory
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: 1638
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Drumoak, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Died: September 30, 1675

James Gregory was a Scottish astronomer and mathematician. A celebrated mathematician, Gregory served as a professor of mathematics in several institutions like the University of Edinburgh and the University of St Andrews. He is also remembered for publishing several books, including Optica Promota, which describes Gregory's design for a reflecting telescope which came to be known as the Gregorian telescope.

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Elena Cornaro Piscopia
(Philosopher)
Elena Cornaro Piscopia
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Birthdate: June 5, 1646
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Venice, Italy
Died: July 26, 1684
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Gabriele Falloppio
(One of the Most Important Anatomists and Physicians of the 16th Century)
Gabriele Falloppio
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
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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Jan Kochanowski
(Polish Renaissance Poet)
Jan Kochanowski
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 1530 AD
Birthplace: Sycyna Północna, Poland
Died: August 22, 1584

Jan Kochanowski was a Polish Renaissance poet whose poetic patterns became a key component of the Polish literary language. Kochanowski is considered the greatest Polish poet before the arrival of Adam Bernard Mickiewicz. Jan Kochanowski is best remembered for his magnum opus Treny, a series of 19 elegies on the demise of his two-and-a-half-year-old daughter Urszula.

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Pietro Bembo
(Italian Scholar, Poet and Literary Theorist)
Pietro Bembo
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: May 20, 1470
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Venice, Italy
Died: January 18, 1547

Pietro Bembo was an Italian scholar, poet, and literary theorist. He was also a cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church and a member of the Knights Hospitaller, a Catholic military order. He played a key role in the development of the Tuscan dialect as a literary language. As a priest, he promoted the Christian perfection of Renaissance humanism. 

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Marsilius of Padua
(Scholar)
Marsilius of Padua
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Birthdate: 1275 AD
Birthplace: Padua, Italy
Died: 1342 AD
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Tito Gobbi
(Italian Operatic Baritone)
Tito Gobbi
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: October 24, 1913
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bassano del Grappa, Italy
Died: March 5, 1984

Tito Gobbi was an Italian operatic baritone who performed at major opera houses throughout Italy. He is best remembered for his portrayal of the roles of Falstaff and Iago. After his retirement, Tito Gobbi focused on his writing skills and produced two books, including his autobiography titled Tito Gobbi: My Life.

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Lawrence of Brindisi
(Italian Catholic Priest and Theologian)
Lawrence of Brindisi
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: July 22, 1559
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Brindisi, Italy
Died: July 22, 1619

Lawrence of Brindisi was a Roman Catholic priest and a theologian. He was an accomplished linguist and could read and speak native Italian, Latin, Hebrew, Greek, Spanish, and German fluently. Ordained a priest at 23,  he was elected the superior of the Capuchin Franciscan province of Tuscany at 31. He was canonized as a saint in December 1881.  

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Peter Martyr Vermigli
(Italian Calvinist and Reformed Theologians)
Peter Martyr Vermigli
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Birthdate: September 8, 1499
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Florence, Italy
Died: November 12, 1562

Italian reformer Peter Martyr Vermigli was born to a shoemaker and was initially an abbot at St. Peter ad Aram. He is best known for siding with the Calvinist doctrine of the Eucharist and had penned works such as Loci Communes. He also developed his very own idea of double predestination.

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Angelus Silesius
(German Catholic Priest, Physician, Mystic and Religious Poet)
Angelus Silesius
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: December 25, 1624
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Wrocław, Poland
Died: July 9, 1677
Born in Silesia, 17th-century mystic and religious poet Johannes Scheffler, better known as Angelus Silesius, is best remembered as the author of The Cherubic Wanderer. He had initially been the court physician of the duke of Oels but later became a Roman Catholic priest. He urged German Protestants to adopt Catholicism.
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Roberto Calasso
(Writer)
Roberto Calasso
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Birthdate: May 30, 1941
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Florence, Italy
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Paolo Sarpi
(Italian Historian, Scholar, and State Theologian During Venice’s Struggle With 'Pope Paul V')
Paolo Sarpi
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Birthdate: August 14, 1552
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Venice, Italy
Died: January 15, 1623

Italian theologian and scientist Paolo Sarpi was also a lawyer. He lost his father early and was raised by his mother and uncle. His intellect and seriousness had earned him the nickname The Bride in his early days. He advocated for the separation of the Church and the state.

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Marko Marulic
(Poet)
Marko Marulic
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: August 18, 1450
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Split, Dalmatia, Croatia
Died: January 5, 1524
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Andrea Gritti
(Doge of the Republic of Venice)
Andrea Gritti
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: April 17, 1455
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Bardolino, Italy
Died: December 28, 1538

Andrea Gritti was the Doge of the Republic of Venice from 20 May 1523 until his death on 28 December 1538. Prior to his service as a Doge, Gritti had a distinguished military and diplomatic career. Andrea Gritti played an important role in the War of the League of Cambrai, where he led the Venetian military troops. 

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Ugo Foscolo
(Writer)
Ugo Foscolo
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: February 6, 1778
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Zakynthos, Greece
Died: September 10, 1827
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Polydore Vergil
(Italian Humanist Scholar, Historian, Priest and Diplomat)
Polydore Vergil
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Birthdate: 1470 AD
Birthplace: Urbino, Italy
Died: April 18, 1555

Italian-born humanist scholar, historian and priest, Polydore Vergil is especially famed for his magnum opus, Twenty-six Books of English History, often being dubbed as the Father of English History for this feat. Sent to England soon after being ordained as priest, he spent major part of his life there, authoring many other works, including Proverbiorum libellus and De rerum inventoribus.

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Ulisse Aldrovandi
(Naturalist)
Ulisse Aldrovandi
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Birthdate: September 11, 1522
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bologna, Italy
Died: May 4, 1605
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John Argyropoulos
(One of the Major Figures of the Greek Renaissance in Italy)
John Argyropoulos
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Birthdate: 1415 AD
Birthplace: Constantinople, Turkey
Died: June 26, 1487

Greek Renaissance humanist John Argyropoulos was a major figure of the classical Greek revival in Italy in the 15th century. A teacher, he hopped between Constantinople and Italy. He later worked as a professor of Greek in Florence and then moved to Rome. He also translated many major Greek works into Latin.

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Giuseppe Sinopoli
(Conductor)
Giuseppe Sinopoli
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: November 2, 1946
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Venice, Italy
Died: April 20, 2001
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Santorio Santorio
(Italian Physician and Physiologist Known for His Discoveries Concerning Metabolism and Invention of Technical Instruments)
Santorio Santorio
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Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: March 29, 1561
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Koper, Slovenia
Died: February 25, 1636

Santorio Santorio was an Italian physician, physiologist, and professor. He is best remembered for inventing several medical devices during his lifetime. He was the first person to use a water current meter, a wind gauge, and a thermoscope. Among his best known work is De Statica Medicina, which is credited with influencing generations of physicians.

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Benedetto Castelli
(Mathematician)
Benedetto Castelli
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: 1578 AD
Birthplace: Brescia, Italy
Died: April 9, 1643

Benedetto Castelli, a Benedictine priest and a student of Galileo, later became a math professor at the University of Pisa. His On the Measurement of Water Currents is considered a fundamental work in hydraulics. He was the first to work on the principle of the barometer and sustained vacuum.

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Hieronymus Fabricius ab Aquapendente
(Surgeon)
Hieronymus Fabricius ab Aquapendente
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Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: May 20, 1533
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Acquapendente, Italy
Died: May 21, 1619
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Massimo Cacciari
(Philosopher)
Massimo Cacciari
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: June 5, 1944
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Venice, Italy
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John Caius
(Physician)
John Caius
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Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: October 6, 1510
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Norwich, England
Died: July 29, 1573
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Jan Zamoyski
(Diplomat)
Jan Zamoyski
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: March 19, 1542
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Skokowka, Poland
Died: June 3, 1605
 45 
Ilaria Capua
(Virologist)
Ilaria Capua
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: April 21, 1966
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
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Philippe de Mornay
(Writer)
Philippe de Mornay
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: November 5, 1549
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Buhy, France
Died: November 11, 1623
 47 
Realdo Colombo
(Professor)
Realdo Colombo
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Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: 1515 AD
Birthplace: Cremona, Italy
Died: 1559 AD
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Antonio Rosmini
(Italian Roman Catholic Priest and Philosopher)
Antonio Rosmini
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Birthdate: March 25, 1797
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Rovereto, Italy
Died: July 1, 1855

Antonio Rosmini was an Italian Roman Catholic priest and philosopher who founded the Rosminians, officially known as the Institute of Charity. A key figure in Italian Liberal Catholicism, he pioneered the concept of social justice. He had a doctorate in theology and canon law and was appointed as a political advisor to the government of Piedmont. 

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George Of Trebizond
(Byzantine humanist)
George Of Trebizond
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Birthdate: April 4, 1395
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Heraklion, Greece
Died: August 12, 1484
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Janus Pannonius
(Croatian-Hungarian Latinist, poet, diplomat and Bishop of Pécs)
Janus Pannonius
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 29, 1434
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Čazma, Croatia
Died: March 27, 1472