(Folkestone, 1.4.1578 – Roehampton, 3.6.1657) This English doctor, who discovered blood circulation, is one of the 40 illustrious foreign students to be depicted by Gian Giacomo Dal Forno in the hall leading into the Great Hall.
(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 in 1625, he received his doctorate in philosophy and medicine under the chair of Giovanni Colle and in the presence of Cesare Cremonini, “a quo […]
Vittorio Benussi, born in Trieste in 1878, founded the School of Psychology at the University of Padova in 1919. Perfectly bilingual, Benussi became an international scientific authority between 1902 and 1918, thanks to his phenomenological-experimental research into visual perception, which he carried out at the University of Graz in Austria. There, he worked with some of the […]
(? 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 1260. In Padua, he was among the first foreigners to attend the newly revamped university. He followed courses in canon law in the years 1262-68. […]
(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 cerebellum, with the introduction of new anatomical terms that have become of common use
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 of another person.
As soon as Padua fell under the control of the Serenissima, the latter imposed a sort of educational “protectionism”, in favour of the university.
During the 14th century, the “artists” felt increasingly limited by the constraint of the association that linked them to the “jurists”, as they were aware of the growing importance of the study of medicine, philosophy and humanities such as grammar and rhetoric. Disputes became more and more frequent, caused by the fact that their association […]
(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 school. In 1792, he continued his studies in Venice with a passion for eloquence and ancient Greek,
(Padua, 29.03.1873 – Rome, 29.12.1941) He graduated from the University of Padua in 1894 with a dissertation entitled ‘Sugli invarianti assoluti’.
(Sorrento, 11.03.1544 – Rome. 25.04.1595) When he was still a child, he moved from Sorrento to Rome in order to be reunited with his father, the poet. He then went with him to Bergamo, Pesaro, Urbino and Venice.
(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 onto Italy. Once in Padua Bartholin stayed until 1643. On November 3, 1641, he matriculated in Padua and participated as an acting council member of […]
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.
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
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 open its 722nd academic year
The Sala dei Quaranta of the University of Padua has long held 7 labari (a type of banner flag) on display, each one symbolically representing the Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Philosophy and Literature, Faculty of Law, Faculty of Physics and Mathematics, the School of Engineering, the School of Pharmacy, as well as the Faculty […]
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 excellence and prestige through innovative educational and research programmes.
Between the nineteenth century and the first half of the twentieth century, Palazzo Bo was expanded to receive the final order. From the initial complex of the Hospitium Bovis, the University had expanded to occupy the entire block
Relations between the university and the signoria were encouraged by the fact that the latter continued to intervene in university affairs, also during the second period of the Da Cararra rule,
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 University of Padova.
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 to that project
After the Hospitium Bovis was initially used as a teaching venue, it became the official seat of the University of Padova in 1539.
Modern anatomy was born in Padua, and in the University of Padova to be precise.
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.
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 enrolled in 1960 to over 30,000 in the academic year 1968-69)
(? 1457 – 1490 Vyškov/Wischau) Cernohorsky’s family belonged to the Hussite nobility, a pre-Protestant movement that followed the teachings of the Bohemian Reformationist, Jan Hus. Cernohorsky’s father Benediky (Beneš) converted to Catholicism in 1451, after having miraculously escaped an ambush. In 1446, Cernohorsky began studying in Vienna, then in Pavia and finally Padua. There he […]
“1222. Messer Giovanni Rusca da Como podestà de Padoa. In questo tempo fu transferito il Studio di Bologna in Padoa”. (Annali di Padova)
Following the multi-national chancellor posts attested in 1228 and 1241, the structure of the students’ associations was clearly set out in the charters of jurist students, whereby, from 1260 onwards, there was recognition of the activities carried out by a number of students coming from various parts of Europe.
(Somlyo, Transilvania 1533 – 1586 Grodno) King of Poland and Grand Duke of Lithuania
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 his right hand, with a banner featuring a cross on his other side.
(Cremona, 1259/1264 – Venice, 1334) Son of the lawyer Niccolò, who had taught canon and civil law in Padua, Riccardo Malombra studied in Padua under Iacopo dell’Arena.
“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 of the race in the fascist school’, as from October 16 next you are suspended from service
(1676-1716) Russian doctor, diplomat
(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 1250s.
The official deed of transfer of the barracks, which closed in 2015, is signed in 2017 by the Italian Ministry of Defence and the University. The former military complex in the historic centre of Padua between Riviera Paleocapa and via Cristoforo Moro, covering a total surface area of 51,000 square metres and 34,000 square metres […]
(Copenhagen, Denmark 1625 – Copenhagen 1688) Danish historian and State Councillor
Palazzo Cavalli was built in the mid-16th century by the family of the same name, who went on to live there for more than two centuries. It made news just a few years after it was built for the brutal murder of Vittoria Accoramboni.
Work started on the new area of Palazzo Bo in 1932 with the demolition of the remaining surrounding buildings.
(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 in his hometown and in Uppsala, before travelling to Italy for his studies in Padua. Rudbeck was one of the pioneers in the study of […]
(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 College in Dublin, where he remained until 1750. Goldsmith would express his time at Trinity as being arduous, marked by physical and moral harassment by […]
(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 early education in Aarhus, he continued his studies at various universities in northern Europe. He began his higher education in Germany, first at the University […]
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 who played a leading role in both the professional and academic field for many generations.
(Venice, Italy 1456 – Padua, Italy 1531) Philosopher
(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 Palazzo Bo’s Sala dei Quaranta.
(Torún, 19.02.1473 – Frombork,24.05.1543) Born in Poland, he started his studies at the cathedral school in Wloclawek and then enrolled at the University of Krakow in 1491 where he began to be interested in mathematics and astronomy.
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 plenty of advantages for the latter.
(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. L’Hospital’s father was the doctor of the High Constable of France, Charles of Bourbon. In 1525, L’Hospital began his law studies in Toulouse, France. L’Hospital […]
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.
(Zagreb, Croatia 1811- Zagreb, Croatia 1872) Greek Croatia Poet
(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. At a young age, he moved to Brescia where he studied Latin and Greek. In 1495, he became public school Rector of Dubrovnik 1495, the […]
(Derbyshire 1460-1524 Londra) English Humanist and Medical Doctor
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 into an observatory just over 250 years ago.
(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 he studied Greek, Latin, and Ancient Literature. He became secretary he became secretary to the Gniezno Archbishop, Andrzej Krzycki in 1536, giving his access to […]
(Utrecht, Netherlands 1543 – Leiden, Netherlands 1601) Dutch Medical Doctor Son of Otto and Geertruy van Velsen, van Heurne began his studies in Leuven, Belgium in 1561. After a short stay in Paris, Van Heurne then moved to Italy, residing in Padua from 1567 to 1571. While in Padua, van Heuren studied under Girolamo […]
(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.
(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 University of Edinburgh in 1593 and a few months later, he offered his services to Queen Elizabeth I of England. Ruthven was involved in various […]
(Augsburg, 3.7.1589 – Padua, 22.8.1643)
(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 Ercole Sassonia during a study trip in Padua; he turned his attention to medicine. Prevost received his doctorate in philosophy and medicine on March 8, […]
(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 Padua’s Palazzo Bo.
(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 city magistrate from Emperor Ferdinand I. Sambucus spent much of his time at the court of the Habsburgs. He began his training in his hometown […]
(Zinkovy, Czech Republic 1724 – 1768 Prague, Czech Republic) Bohemian naturalist, doctor and zoologist
(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 at the Academy of Krakow from 1544 to 1547. Between 1551 and 1552, he stayed in Królewiec Prussia before moving on to Italy. He would […]
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 years, on 30 September 2014 “Il Fiore di Botta” is inaugurated under the rectorate of Giuseppe Zaccaria. Designed by Ticino-based architect Mario Botta, the structure […]
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
(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 enriched with the study of Latin, Greek and music.
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 even before the university was established (1222), the graduate college of doctors and artists, which was probably created in 1250, and the graduate college of […]
(Toledo, 1238 – Rome, 1299) A canonist from the college of Toledo, he completed some of his studies in the cathedral school.
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 University of Padua, unique among Italian universities, the gold medal
(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.
(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, in 1713, the devil appeared in a dream to the musician and put himself at his service
Giulio Brunetta, born in Conegliano in 1906, graduated in 1929 in Civil Construction Engineering at the University of Padova. In 1932 he was certified to actively perform the profession of architect
(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 medicine from the city’s university (1559). Following the death of his mentor, Gabriele Falloppia, in 1565, he was appointed professor of surgery at the University […]
(Venice, 1683 – Padua, 1761) The Venetian Senate passed a decree on February 12, 1739, to appoint Giovanni Poleni (1683-1761) Professor of Experimental Philosophy. This role had been created just a few months earlier, on November 27, 1738. The new professorship had been created in the wake of the enthusiasm for Newtonian physics, which was […]
(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 Bologna and Padua.
(Revò, 26.12.1835 – Padua, 14.02.1900) Following his degree in Vienna (1861) he worked as professor of natural history at the University of Modena.
(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 July 1701, he graduated in philosophy and medicine.
(24th June 1207 – 24th June 1283) He was born in Padua in 1207 to the noble Transelgardi Forzatè family.
(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 the Byzantine delegation to the Council of Ferrara, led by Emperor John VIII Palaeologus in Florence. Argiropulo arrived in Padua in 1441, first as guest […]
(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 1794, he arrived in Padua and while attending the Venetian salons, he met Isabella Teotochi and Ugo Foscolo. In December 1795, he entered the Academy […]
(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, he also took his first steps in what will later be regarded as his most famous career, that is being a seducer.
(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 grew up in Florence from the age of 10, where he began his studies.
(Modena, 1523 – Padua, 9.10.1562) Gabriele Falloppia initially embarked on an ecclesiastic career but, since his youth, he had been dedicated to studying medicine and anatomy, which he practised as a self-taught individual.
(Poland 1485/1490 – 1591 unknown) Belarusian humanist, physician, translator, and book printerSon of a wealthy merchant in Polatsk, then a major trade centre of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. Skaryna probably completed his first studies in an orthodox religious school. In 1504, he enrolled in the University of Krakow and in December of 1506, he […]
(Londra?/Foots Cray? 1532-1590 Londra) English Secretary of State Francis Walsingham was born in or about 1532, probably at Foots Cray, near Chislehurst, Kent. His parents were William and Joyce Walsingham. Walsingham matriculated at King’s College, Cambridge in 1548, which he left in 1550 without earning an academic degree. Walsingham would continue his studies in Basel, […]
(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 Legnano, where he was awarded the canon law licence on 27th May 1382.
(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 as teacher and director of the Department of Machines (which later became Institute) until 1915.
(Paris ? – 1556) Born into a middle class French bourgeois family, Emile Perrot was the son of Miles I and Denise Gobelin. He first began his humanities study in Paris as a pupil of Guillaume Farel where he became interested the ideas of reformation. In 1527, Perrot went to Toulouse to study law, it […]
(Constantinople, Ottoman Empire 1775 -1858) Armenian physician
Elena Lucrezia Cornaro Piscopia was the world’s first female graduate, obtaining a degree in philosophy from the University of Padova in 1678.
(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 Harvard in 1674 before arriving to Padua together with his Scottish friend John Watson.
(Srebrenica 1444/1448 – 1520 Barletta) Bosnian philosopher and theologian
(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.
(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), demonstrating the beginning of his literary talents in both the Greek and Croatian languages. He studied philosophical in Graz before moving on to his medical […]
(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 a child, Damião de Góis served as a page under King Manuel I of Portugal, where the young boy became acquainted with several court officials, […]
(ca 1650-1716 Costantinopoli) Romanian philosopher and writer
(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.
(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. From 1577 to 1580, Bauhin travelled extensively between Padua, Bologna, Montpellier, Paris, and Tubingen. While in Padua, Bauhin followed the lessons of Girolamo Fabrici d’Acquapendente, […]
(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 the Ghislieri College of Pavia in 1722 with a scholarship granted by Marquis Pietro Goldoni Vidoni,
(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.
It was 1772 when Francesco Pedrocchi opened a coffee shop in Padua.
(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.
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 teaching spaces,
(Treviso, 11.08.1889 – Milan, 22.03.1947) Arturo Martini was born in Treviso in 1889 to a very poor family.
(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 Catholic) and Roman Emperor Charles V. Agustin began is his studies in Salamanca, Spain and in 1532 he moved to Bologna, where he was a […]
(Bruxelles, 31.12.1514 – Zante, 1564) He is considered the founder of modern anatomy.
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 for the duration of the lessons only.
(Phanar, Costantinopoli 1636/1641 – 1709/1710) Doctor, Chief Dragoman of the Empire Council Son of a silk merchant, Nicola and Roxana Beglitzi, Maurocordato was born into a Byzantine family who had originated from Chios, Greece. After studying Greek in Rome, he enrolled in the second year of medicine and philosophy at the University of Padua in […]
(Sweden, end of the XII century – Cologne, 1280) He was probably born in Sweden between the end of the XII century and the beginning of the XIII century to a military family.
(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 practiced medicine in Padua, and is considered one of the great physicians associated with the city. At Padua, he studied anatomy under Girolamo Fabrici d’Acquapendente, […]
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 was also beginning to take hold in Padua and bring together students and citizens.