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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.

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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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, …
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 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 …
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
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’.
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.
Nicolò  Cusano
(Bernkastel-Kues, 1401 – Todi, 11.8.1464) German-born Nicholas of Cusa was a jurist, philosopher and philologist and is one of the illustrious foreign students depicted by Gian Giacomo Dal Forno in …
Werner Rolfinck
(Hamburg, Germany 1599-Jena, Germany 1673) German medical doctor, scientist, and botanist He matriculated under his native Germanic nation at the University of Padua on September 26, 1622. Three years later …
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 …
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. …
Giusto Bellavitis
(Bassano, 22.11.1803 – Tezze, 6.11.1880) In 1845, he became professor of descriptive geometry at the University of Padua, where he graduated in philosophy and mathematics “examination-free” the following year.
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
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. …
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)
Pietro d’Abano
(Abano, c. 1250 – Padova, c. 1315) Son of a notary, Pietro d’Abano was born in the city of the same name, just a short distance from Padua, in the …
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 …
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 …
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.  …
Giovanni Argiropulo (John Argyropoulos)
(1415 Constantinople, Ottoman Empire – 1487 Rome, Italy) Greek Scholar Son of a Manuel, his early education was dedicated to literary and philosophy. In 1439, he was a member 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), …
The Asiago Astronomical Observatory by Daniele Calabi
Daniele Calabi was not there on May 27, 1942 at the inauguration of the Asiago Astrophysical Observatory. He had dedicated months and years of drawings, tests, measurements, sketches, full-scale models …
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.
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. …
Venetian educational protectionism
As soon as Padua fell under the control of the Serenissima, the latter imposed a sort of educational “protectionism”, in favour of the university.