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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.

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 …
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 …
Arturo Martini
(Treviso, 11.08.1889 – Milan, 22.03.1947) Arturo Martini was born in Treviso in 1889 to a very poor 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)
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 …
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’.
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 …
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 …
Cesare Cremonini
(Cento, 1550 – (?), 18.07.1631) Cesare Cremonini probably trained and graduated from the University of Ferrara, and this university appointed him a “special secondary professor of natural philosophy” in 1578.
La Specola, from prison to observatory
When Galileo Galilei, who stayed in Padua between 1592 and 1610, observed the sky through a telescope, he certainly did not do it from the Specola tower, which was transformed …
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.
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 …
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. …
Andrea Vesalio
(Bruxelles, 31.12.1514 – Zante, 1564) He is considered the founder of modern anatomy.
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 …
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 …
Vincenzo Malacarne
(Saluzzo, 28.9.1744 – Padua, 4.9.1816) The name of Malacarne is linked in particular to research in the field of neuroanatomy: to him we owe the first detailed description of the …
The University Library
The University of Padova’s library, established by the Venetian Republic in 1629 and originally located in the Jesuit monastery in the city’s Pontecorvo district, is Italy’s oldest university library.
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.
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 …
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 …
Universitas Artistarum founded
Nel corso del Trecento il vincolo corporativo che legava gli scolari “artisti” nei confronti dei “giuristi” andò via via col diventare troppo stretto ai primi, consapevoli dell’importanza sempre crescente degli …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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), …
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 …
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