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Italian Inventors

Famous Italian inventors - great inventions that originated from Italy.

Leonardo DaVinci
Leonardo DaVinci - renaissance man - the artist as inventor.

Leon Battista Alberti
In 1450, the Italian art architect Leon Battista Alberti invented the first mechanical anemometer.

Luigi Brugnatelli
Italian, Luigi Brugnatelli invented electroplating in 1805.

Aquilino Cosani
Italian, Aquilino Cosani invented a gymnastic device called the Spacehopper.

Leonardo DaVinci
Famous Italian inventor, Leonardo DaVinci was the Renaissance man. Learn about: the artist as an inventor, his inventions, and his life.

Gallery of Leonardo DaVinci Inventions

Giuseppe Donati
Italian, Giuseppe Donati invented the modern 10-hole ocarina.

Enrico Fermi
Italian American Enrico Fermi invented the neutronic reactor.

Fortunatus Fidelis
Italian, Fortunatus Fidelis, was the first person to practice modern forensic medicine in 1598.

Dr. Giorgio Fischer
Dr Giorgio Fischer, a gynecologist from Rome, Italy, invented liposuction in 1974.

Joanes de Fontana
Joanes de Fontana of Italy designed a surface-running rocket-powered torpedo for setting enemy ships on fire.

Achilles Gaggia
The modern-day espresso machine was created by Italian Achilles Gaggia in 1946.

Galileo Galilei
The telescope was introduced to astronomy in 1609 by the great Italian scientist Galileo Galilei, who became the first man to see the craters of the moon, and who went on to discover sunspots, the four large moons of Jupiter, and the rings of Saturn.

Roy Jacuzzi
In 1968, Italian American Roy Jacuzzi invented and marketed the first self-contained, fully integrated whirlpool bath by incorporating jets into the sides of the tub.

Aldus Manutius
Aldus Manutius invented cursive handwriting.

Guglielmo Marconi
Guglielmo Marconi, an Italian inventor, proved the feasibility of radio communication.

Antonio Meucci
American-Italian inventor.

Luigi Palmieri
In 1855, Luigi Palmieri of Italy designed a mercury seismometer.

Dominick Rosati
The first double winged lever corkscrew patented in North America was created by the Italian designer, Dominick Rosati.

Santorio Santorio
Italian inventor, Santorio Santorio was the first inventor to put a numerical scale on the thermometer.

Ascanio Sobrero
Nitroglycerin, a chemical explosive, was discovered by an Italian chemist, Ascanio Sobrero, in 1846.

Evangelista Torricelli
Torricelli's invention, the barometer, was also known as the "Torricelli's tube".

Pellegrino Turri
In 1806, carbon paper was invented by Pellegrino Turri of Italy.

Allessandro Volta
Italian, Alessandro Volta invented the electric battery in 1800.

Frank Zamboni
The Zamboni, the original ice cleaning machine, was invented by Italian American Frank Zamboni.

The innovative Italians of the Renaissance (fourteenth through sixteenth century) are widely acknowledged to be the fathers of modern accounting.

The Invention of a Seismograph in Italy
The contributions of Italian seismologists.

Italian Office of Patents and Trademarks
Ufficio Italiano Brevetti e Marchi, Italian and English language.

History of the Thermometer
Italian Santorio Santorio invented a very crude thermometer.

Federico Faggin - First Microprocessor
Federico Faggin, currently CEO of Synaptics, led the design and development of the world's first microprocessor, the Intel 4004 and conceived and supervised the design of the landmark 8080, the first modern microprocessor.

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