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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.

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 …
Arturo Martini
(Treviso, 11.08.1889 – Milan, 22.03.1947) Arturo Martini was born in Treviso in 1889 to a very poor family.
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 …
Ole Worm
(Aarhus, Denmark-Norway 1588 – Copenhagen, Denmark-Norway 1654) Danish Medical Doctor and Natural Historian Born to a Lutheran family, he was the son of Villum Worm and Inger Olufsdatter.   After his …
Joahann Georg Wirsung
(Augsburg, 3.7.1589 – Padua, 22.8.1643) This doctor, surgeon, anatomist and the man who discovered the major pancreatic duct is one of the foreign students depicted in Palazzo Bo’s Sala dei …
Jan Kochanowski
(Sycyna, Poland 1530 – Lublin, Poland 1584) Polish Renaissance poetBorn into the country nobility, Kochanowski father was judge of the district of Sandomierz, and his mother Anna Odrowąż. Kochanoski studied …
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 …
Ugo Foscolo in Padua
(Zakynthos, 6.2.1778 – Turnham Green/Chiswick, Londra, 10.9.1827) Born in Zakynthos, he received his first education on the island and then moved to Split with his family to attend the seminary …
Massimo Campigli
A modern “European” artist and well-educated in ancient civilisations and ancient languages, Massimo Campigli was one of the most important and influential Italian artists of the 20th century.
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 …
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 …
Gold medal to military valour
The first academic year of peace after the Second World War was opened on November 12, 1945 in the presence of the head of government Ferruccio Parri who gave the …
Andrea Vesalio
(Bruxelles, 31.12.1514 – Zante, 1564) He is considered the founder of modern anatomy.
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 …
Postnikov Petr Vasil’evič
(1676-1716) Russian doctor, diplomat Son of Vasilij Tomofeevič, a diplomat of rank, Vasilevich attended the Slavic-Greek-Latin Academy of Moscow. In 1692, he was sent abroad to and began his medical …
The 1968 Student Protest Movement at the University of Padova
The University of Padova is the protagonist of the 1968 Student Protest Movement and the years of protest right from the start: the student body, enormously increased (from about 10,000 …
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 …
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 …
Il campus di Agripolis
Didactics, research and experimentation in the agricultural, veterinary and forestry fields at the University of Padova: today it is the Agripolis campus, built in the Nineties
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 …
János Sámboky
(Nagyszombat, Trnava 1531 – Vienna 1584) Hungarian physician, historian, collector Son of Peter, who in the war against the Turks, had obtained a title of nobility and the role of …
Giovanni Battista Forzaté
(24th June 1207 – 24th June 1283) He was born in Padua in 1207 to the noble Transelgardi Forzatè family.
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.  …
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 …
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. …
Jean Prévost
(1585 Delémont, Switzerland – 1631 Padua, Italy) Swiss physician and botanist   Son of Thiebaud, Prevost initially began his studies in humanities and philosophy, but after sitting in lessons of …
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 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 …
The two Antonio Vallisneri, senior and junior
Antonio Vallisneri Senior (Tressilico, 3.5.1661 – Padua, 18.1.1730) studied medicine under the guidance of Marcello Malpighi in Bologna. He then graduated from the Medical College of Reggio Emilia
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