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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.

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.
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 …
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 …
Demeter Dimitrija
(Zagreb, Croatia 1811- Zagreb, Croatia 1872) Greek Croatia Poet Born into a wealthy merchant family of Greek origin, at the age of sixteen Dimitrija wrote his first drama “”Βιργινία” (Virginia), …
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.
Thomas Bartholin
(Malmö, Sweden 1616 – Copenhagen, Denmark 1680) Danish doctor of anatomy Son of anatomist Caspar Bartholin, Thomas Bartholin left for his medical pilgrimage in 1640, traveling first to France then …
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Caffè Pedrocchi
It was 1772 when Francesco Pedrocchi opened a coffee shop in Padua.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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’.
Anatomical dissections between the 15th and 16th centuries
Before the Anatomy Theatre was completed in 1595, anatomy was taught in Padua through the dissection of corpses in demountable theatres made from wooden galleries that would be put together …
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 …
Andrea Vesalio
(Bruxelles, 31.12.1514 – Zante, 1564) He is considered the founder of modern anatomy.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Gonzalo Perez Gudiel
(Toledo, 1238 – Rome, 1299) A canonist from the college of Toledo, he completed some of his studies in the cathedral school.
Giovanni Battista Forzaté
(24th June 1207 – 24th June 1283) He was born in Padua in 1207 to the noble Transelgardi Forzatè family.
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 …
Giacomo Casanova
(Venice, 2.4.1725 – Duchcov, 4.6.1798) The Venetian Giacomo Casanova arrived in Padua in 1734 at the age of 9, where he studied and immediately showed his brilliant mind. In Padua, …
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, …
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 …
Peder Hansen Resen
(Copenhagen, Denmark 1625 – Copenhagen 1688) Danish historian and State Councillor Son of Bishop Hans Hansen, he began his early education at home in Copenhagen before completing his studies abroad. …