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People, places, stories

The University’s 800th anniversary tells a story of the tradition and modernity of people, events, and places through the close interweaving of relationships developed over eight centuries. Padua and its University continue to endure as a place for meetings, exchanges, arrivals and departures, and as a central point in the dissemination of culture and knowledge with the world.

Saint Catherine of Alexandria – Patron saint of students
St. Catherine of Alexandria is depicted on the left-hand side of the University of Padova seal; to the right, there is Christ the Redeemer who is giving a blessing with …
New migration of students from Bologna in the 14th century
After the mass exodus that occurred in the 13th century, especially in 1306 and 1321, students continued to move from the University of Bologna to the University of Padova, presenting …
Francesco Zabarella
(Padua, 10.8.1360 -Konstanz, 26.9.1417) Francesco Zabarella studied philosophy, theology and law in Padua, under Antonio Naseri. He then moved to Bologna to study under Lorenzo del Pino and Giovanni da …
Enrico Zeno Bernardi
(Verona, 20.05.1841 – Turin, 21.02.1919) He graduated in mathematics from the University of Padua in 1863 and in 1879 he became professor of machines of the University where he remained …
Nicolò Tomeo Leonico
(Venice, Italy 1456 – Padua, Italy 1531) Philosopher A family originally from Epirus, it is understood that he studied Greek with Demetrio Calcondila in Padua. In 1485, he obtained a …
Klemens Janicki (Klemens Januszkowski)
(Januszkowo, Poland 1516 – 1543 Krakow, Poland) Polish poet Born into a peasant family, Janicki went to an elementary school in Żnin, then to the Lubrański Academy in Poznań, where …
Emanuele Sciascian
(Constantinople, Ottoman Empire 1775 -1858) Armenian physician Son of Boghos, a famous Armenian doctor, Sciascian studied in Venice with the Mekhitarists, a congregation of Benedictine monks. He then enrolled in …
Torquato Tasso
(Sorrento, 11.03.1544 – Rome. 25.04.1595) When he was still a child, he moved from Sorrento to Rome in order to be reunited with his father, the poet. He then went …
Tullio Levi Civita
(Padua, 29.03.1873 – Rome, 29.12.1941) He graduated from the University of Padua in 1894 with a dissertation entitled ‘Sugli invarianti assoluti’.
Giovanni Battista Forzaté
(24th June 1207 – 24th June 1283) He was born in Padua in 1207 to the noble Transelgardi Forzatè family.
Olof Rudbeck
(Västeras 1630 – Uppsala 1702) Swedish Doctor and Botanist Rudbeck was the son of Bishop Johannes, the chaplain of King Gustav II Adolph the Great. Rudbeck received his early education …
Edmund Davie
(unknown – London, before 1688) Edmund was the son of an English merchant who emigrated to Boston in 1662. He had already been awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree from …
Il Fiore di Botta
In 2008, following a proposal by then rector Vincenzo Milanesi, the University Administration Council gives the green light for development of the new Biology and Biomedicine educational complex. After six …
Niccolò Copernico
(Torún, 19.02.1473 – Frombork,24.05.1543) Born in Poland, he started his studies at the cathedral school in Wloclawek and then enrolled at the University of Krakow in 1491 where he began …
Carlo Osvaldo Goldoni
(Venice, 25.2.1707 – Paris, 6.2.1793) The Venetian playwright, whose father was from Modena, was a practitioner in the law firm of his uncle Giampaolo Indric when he was admitted to …
Andrea Vesalio
(Bruxelles, 31.12.1514 – Zante, 1564) He is considered the founder of modern anatomy.
The University Library
The University of Padova’s library, established by the Venetian Republic in 1629 and originally located in the Jesuit monastery in the city’s Pontecorvo district, is Italy’s oldest university library.
STUDIUM PATAVINUM FOUNDED
“1222. Messer Giovanni Rusca da Como podestà de Padoa. In questo tempo fu transferito il Studio di Bologna in Padoa”. (Annali di Padova)
The ancient Palazzo Bo
After the Hospitium Bovis was initially used as a teaching venue, it became the official seat of the University of Padova in 1539.
Johan Ruthven
(Perth 1577-1600) Scottish nobleman Born in 1577 Ruthven was the second son of William Ruthven, 1st Earl of Gowrie, and his wife Dorothea Stewart. Ruthven completed his studies at the …
William Harvey
(Folkestone, 1.4.1578 – Roehampton, 3.6.1657) This English doctor, who discovered blood circulation, is one of the 40 illustrious foreign students to be depicted by Gian Giacomo Dal Forno in the …
Galileo in Padua
(Pisa, 15.2.1564 – Arcetri, 8.1.1642) Son of Vincenzo, a member of Florence’s small nobility and one of the greatest 16th century composers and writers of music, and Giulia Ammannati, Galileo …
Carlo Francesco Ferraris
(Moncalvo, 15.08.1850 – Rome, 10.10.1924) He graduated in law in Turin in 1870 and completed his training in law faculties in Germany and England.
Stefano Báthory
(Somlyo, Transilvania 1533 – 1586 Grodno) King of Poland and Grand Duke of Lithuania Stephen Báthory was born on 27 September 1533 in the castle at Somlyó, also known as …
Costantino Cantacuzino
(ca 1650-1716 Costantinopoli) Romanian philosopher and writer Constantin Cantacuzino was born in a Wallachian boyar family of Greek origin, which claimed descent from the Byzantine imperial family Kantakouzenos.  Following the death of his father in …
The botanical garden
THE NEED FOR A GARDEN OF MEDICINALS PLANTS  In 1533, for the first time in Italy, the “Lecturam Simplicium” professorship (somewhere between today’s botany, pharmacognosy and pharmacology) was established at …
Nicolò, Giovanni and Marsilio Santasofia
Nicolò (died in Padua in 1350) was a student of Pietro d’Abano and taught medicine in Padua until his death. He was the forefather of an illustrious family of doctors …
Palazzo Cavalli
Palazzo Cavalli was built in the mid-16th century by the family of the same name, who went on to live there for more than two centuries. It made news just …
Adriaan (van den) Spiegel
(Brussels, Belgium 1578-1625 Padua, Italy) Flemish anatomist and surgeon After starting his medical and philosophical studies in Brussels and Leuven, Spiegel left for Italy.   For much of his career he …
Damião (de) Góis
(Alenquer 1502-1574 Alenquer) Portuguese humanist philosopher Born in 1502, into an aristocratic family, Damião de Góis was the son of Rui Dias and fourth wife, Isabel Gomes de Limi.   As …
The Carraresi “professorship policy”
Relations between the university and the signoria were encouraged by the fact that the latter continued to intervene in university affairs, also during the second period of the Da Cararra …
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