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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.

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’.
Jan Krtitel Boháč
(Zinkovy, Czech Republic 1724 – 1768 Prague, Czech Republic) Bohemian naturalist, doctor and zoologist Bohadsch spent his early education at a Jesuit seminary where he studied Latin and philosophy.  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 …
Marino Becichemo
(Shkoder, Albania 1468 – 1526 Padua, Italy) Albanian humanist, orator, and chronicler Son of the secretary of the Republic of Venice, Marino and Bianca Pagnano of the Milanese merchant family. …
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 …
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.  …
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 …
Elena Lucrezia Cornaro Piscopia
Elena Lucrezia Cornaro Piscopia was the world’s first female graduate, obtaining a degree in philosophy from the University of Padova in 1678.
Giuseppe Tartini
(Piran, 8.4.1692 – Padua, 26.2.1770) Acclaimed as “the greatest composer of his time“, Tartini is often associated with the story told by astronomer Joseph Jérôme de Lalande, according to whom, …
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 …
Johann Wesling
(Minden, 1598- Padua, 30.8.1649) Wesling studied medicine at the University of Leiden between 1620 and 1622 and studied botany further under the guidance of Aelius Everhardus Vorstius.
Graduate colleges
There were three graduate colleges in Padua, defined as being “sacred” because the popes had given them the privilege of granting doctorates: the graduate college of jurists, which presumably existed …
Vincenzo Gallucci and the first heart transplant in Italy
That night between November 13 and 14, 1985, a heart stopped, the time between two beats expanded from a few moments to hours, before returning to beat in the chest …
Giovanni Dondi dall’Orologio
(Chioggia, 1318/30 – Abbiategrasso, 19.10.1388) Son of Jacopo and Zaccarotta Centrago, he completed his initial cultural training in Chioggia, studying under his father. He then went on to study in …
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Gonzalo Perez Gudiel
(Toledo, 1238 – Rome, 1299) A canonist from the college of Toledo, he completed some of his studies in the cathedral school.
Antonio Albanell Agustín
(Saragozza 1517 – 1586 Tarragona) Spanish Humanist and Canon Law Historian Agustin’s father, Antonio Agustin, was the Deputy Chancellor of Aragona and Advisor to Ferdinand II of Aragon (aka the …
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.
Albertus Magnus
(Sweden, end of the XII century – Cologne, 1280) He was probably born to a military family at Lauingen, near of Bollstädt on the Danube in Swabia, between 1193 and …
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.
Caffè Pedrocchi
It was 1772 when Francesco Pedrocchi opened a coffee shop in Padua.
Francisk Skorina
(Polatsk 1485/1490 – 1591 unknown) Belarusian humanist, physician, translator, and book printer Son of a wealthy merchant in Polatsk, then a major trade centre of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. …
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Girolamo Fabrici d’Acquapendente
(Acquapendente, 1533 – Padua, 21.05.1619) Girolamo Fabrici d’Acquapendente arrived to Padua from the province of Viterbo in around 1550. After just a few years, he was awarded a doctorate in …
Vitello (Witelo)
(? 1230 -? 1314) Friar, theologian and scientist: a physicist, natural philosopher, mathematician Originally from Silesia, probably of modest family, he began his studies in Paris before reaching Padua in …
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