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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.

Oliver Goldsmith
(Pallas, Longford 1728-1774 London) Irish playwright, poet, and apothecary’s assistant Son of Charles and Anna Jones, Goldsmith’s father was an ecclesiastical rector of Anglo-Irish origin.  In 1745, Goldsmith entered Trinity …
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 …
Emile (Miles) Perrot
(Paris ? – 1556) Born into a middle class French bourgeois family, Emile Perrot was the son of Miles I and Denise Gobelin. He first began his humanities study in …
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 …
Gregorio Giovanni Gaspare Barbarigo
(Venice, 16.10.1625 – Padua, 18.6.1697) Gregorio Barbarigo’s father, senator of the Venetian Republic, was an incredibly religious man and personally took care of his son’s philosophical and mathematical education, later …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Student associations
Following the multi-national chancellor posts attested in 1228 and 1241, the structure of the students’ associations was clearly set out in the charters of jurist students, whereby, from 1260 onwards, …
Dragišić Juraj (Giorgio Benigno Salviati)
(Srebrenica 1444/1448 – 1520 Barletta) Bosnian philosopher and theologian Born in Srebrenica, Bosnia on an uncertain date, Juraj was ordained as a priest in the cathedral of Bologna in 1469. …
Giovanni Antonio Capodistria
(Corfu, Venetian Ionian Islands 1776 – Nafplion, Greece 1831) Physician and First Independent Greek Head of State Born to a noble Corfiot family, who had originally come from Koper.  In …
Racial laws hit the University of Padova
“I fulfil the duty to warn you that according to art. 3 of the Royal Decree – Law 5 September 1938 – XVI, n. 1390, bearing ‘Provisions for the defence …
The Marchesi inauguration speech of the 722nd academic year
It is 9 November 1943, at the height of one of the darkest periods of recent Italian history, when the University of Padua is preparing, in spite of everything, to …
Janus Pannonius
(Croatia, 29.8.1434 – Medvedgrad, 27.3.1472) Janus Pannonius is one of the 40 ancient foreign students painted by Gian Giacomo Dal Forno in the hall leading into the Great Hall in …
Michel (de) L’Hospital
(1505 Aigueperse, France-1573 Etampes, France) Jean de L’Hôpital, Lord de La Roche Jean de L’Hôpital, seigneur de La Roche Son of Jean de L’Hospital and of Marie de La Guiole.  …
Francis Walsingham
(Londra?/Foots Cray? 1532-1590 Londra) English Secretary of State Francis Walsingham was born in or about 1532, probably at Foots Cray, near Chislehurst, Kent. His parents were William and Joyce Walsingham.  …
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 …
8th February 1848
During the first few months of the year, in a climate of strong political tension that seemed to involve regimes and governments throughout Italy and Europe, a certain anti-Habsburgian feeling …
The Galilean School of Higher Education
In partnership with the Scuola Normale of Pisa, the Galilean School of Higher Education is established in Padua in 2004 with the aim of developing a university culture based on …
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 …
Bruno da Longobucco
(1200-Padua, 1286) Bruno da Longobucco was most probably born in Calabria and studied at Salerno’s medical school, before moving on to complete his training in Bologna.
Riccardo Malombra
(Cremona, 1259/1264 – Venezia, 1334) Figlio del giurista Niccolò, che aveva insegnato a Padova diritto canonico e civile, Riccardo Malombra studia a Padova dove è allievo di Iacopo …
The Agricultural Garden
Until the eighteenth century in Padua the cultivation and study of plants were initially the exclusive responsibility of the Botanical Gardens, founded back in 1545.
Domenico Turazza
(Malcesine, 30.07.1813 – Padua, 12.01.1892) In 1831, he enrolled in the Faculty of Mathematics in Padua and, a few years later, in 1834, was appointed assistant professor of agriculture.
Arturo Martini
(Treviso, 11.08.1889 – Milan, 22.03.1947) Arturo Martini was born in Treviso in 1889 to a very poor family.
Palazzo Bo in the 20th century
Work started on the new area of Palazzo Bo in 1932 with the demolition of the remaining surrounding buildings.
Alessandro Maurocordato
(Phanar, Costantinopoli 1636/1641 – 1709/1710) Doctor, Chief Dragoman of the Empire Council Son of a silk merchant, Nicola and Roxana Beglitzi, Maurocordato was born into a Byzantine family who had …
Caspar Bauhin
(1560 Basel, Switzerland – 1624 Basel, Switzerland) Swiss physician, anatomist, and botanist Son of Huguenot doctor Jean Bauhin, Casper Bauhin began his studies in philosophy and medicine in Basal, Switzerland.  …
Giovanni Battista Morgagni
(Forlì, 25.2.1682 – Padua, 5.12.1771) The anatomist from Forlì, known for having laid the foundations of modern pathological anatomy, was just sixteen when he moved to Bologna where, on 16th …
Before the Bo: the acquisition of the “Hospitium Bovis”
Since when the university was established and throughout the XV century, lessons were not held in a fixed building, but it was instead up to the professors to find appropriate …
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 …
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 …
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