Illustrious Alumni and Professors

Sapienza University can boast several illustrious professors and alumni from the past and the present. From Nicolaus Copernicus to Maria Montessori, from Luigi Pirandello to Tullio De Mauro, from Sergio Mattarella to Mario Draghi. Numerous Nobel Prize winners have been professors or have graduated from Sapienza: Guglielmo Marconi, Enrico Fermi, Daniel Bovet, Emilio Segrè, Giulio Natta, Carlo Rubbia, Franco Modigliani

This page is dedicated to illustrious Sapienza alumni and professors who have received international recognition in academia, science, culture and arts.

In collaboration with the Fondazione Sapienza, Sapienza University has created the NoiSapienza and In Unam Sapientiam Associations to promote a network of university alumni and professors.

 

Nobel Prize Winners

  • Guglielmo Marconi – 1909 Nobel Prize for Physics; taught Electro-magnetic Waves - Physics at Sapienza 1935-1937;
  • Enrico Fermi - 1938 Nobel Prize for Physics; taught Theoretical Physics at Sapienza 1926-1938;
  • Daniel Bovet -1957 Nobel Prize for Medicine and Physiology, taught Psychobiology at Sapienza 1971-1982
  • Emilio Segrè - 1959 Noble Prize for Physics; taught Physics at Sapienza 1928-1935
  • Giulio Natta - 1963 Nobel Prize for Chemistry; taught Physical Chemistry at Sapienza 1935-1937;
  • Carlo Rubbia - 1984 Nobel Prize for Physics; Assistant Professor of Physics 1959-1960
  • Franco Modigliani - 1985 Nobel Prize for Economics; graduated in Law in 1939;
  • Barry C. Barish - 2017 Noble Prize for Physics; taught Physics at Sapienza (Fermi Chair) 2019

 

Famous Professors

  • Nicolaus Copernicus (1473 - 1543), astronomer, mathematics teacher
  • Antonio Labriola (1843 - 1904), philosopher, teacher of pedagogy
  • Luigi Pirandello (1867 - 1936), playwright, writer and poet, professor of Italian literature
  • Giovanni Gentile (1875 - 1944), philosopher, pedagogist, politician and academic, teacher of theoretical philosophy
  • Marcello Piacentini (1881 - 1960), architect and professor of urban planning
  • Bice Crova (1892-1983), engineer and professor of technical architecture
  • Emilio Segrè (1905-1989), physicist and academic, professor of nuclear physics
  • Ludovico Quaroni (1911 - 1987), architect and professor of urban planning
  • Edoardo Amaldi (1908-1989), physicist and academic, professor of experimental physics
  • Angelo Celli (1857-1814), politician and academic, professor of hygiene
  • Vittorio Emanuele Orlando (1860 - 1952), politician and jurist, professor of constitutional law
  • Giuseppe Ungaretti (1888 - 1970), poet, writer, translator and journalist, professor of modern and contemporary literature
  • Mario Praz (1896 - 1982), essayist, literary critic and writer, professor of English literature
  • Pietro Valdoni (1900 - 1976), surgeon and academic, professor of general surgery
  • Natalino Sapegno (1901 - 1990), literary critic and academic, professor of Italian literature
  • Francesco Calasso (1904 - 1965), lawyer and academic, professor of history of Italian law
  • Ettore Paratore (1907 - 2000), Latinist and academic, professor of Latin literature
  • Nora Federici (1910 - 2001), statistician, professor of demography
  • Giovanni Bollea (1913 - 2011), psychiatrist and father of child neuropsychiatry, professor of personality psychology
  • Federico Caffè (1914 - 1987 presumed death), economist and academic, professor of economic and financial policy
  • Giuliano Vassalli (1915 - 2009), partisan, jurist and politician, professor of criminal law
  • Aldo Moro (1916 - 1978), politician, jurist and academic, professor of criminal procedure
  • Scevola Mariotti (1920 - 2000), latinist and classical philologist, professor of classical philology
  • Paolo Sylos Labini (1920 - 2005), economist, professor of political economy
  • Vittoria Calzolari (1924 - 2017), architect, professor of urban planning, landscape planning and land use planning
  • Giovanni Berlinguer, (1924 - 2015), politician and academic, professor of social medicine
  • Vittorio Bachelet (1926 - 1980), jurist and politician, professor of public law of economy 
  • Antonio Ruberti (1927 - 2000), engineer, politician and academic, professor of automatic controls and then of systems theory
  • Renzo De Felice (1929 - 1996), historian and academic, professor of contemporary history
  • Antonia Ciasca (1930 - 2001), archaeologist, professor of Phoenician-Punic antiquities
  • Tullio De Mauro (1932 - 2017), linguist, lexicographer, essayist, politician and academic, professor of linguistics genarle
  • Stefano Rodotà (1933 - 2017), jurist, politician and academic, professor of civil law
  • Luigi Enrico Rossi (1933 - 2009), Greek scholar and classical philologist, professor of Greek literature
  • Maria Rita Saulle (1935 - 2011), jurist, professor of international law
  • Ezio Tarantelli (1941 - 1985), economist and academic, professor of economic policy
  • Massimo D'Antona (1948 - 1999), jurist, professor of labor law

 

Famous Alumni

  • Alfredo Baccelli (1863 - 1955), writer and politician
  • Filippo Bottazzi (1867 - 1941), physiologist
  • Maria Montessori (1870 - 1952), physician and pedagogue
  • Cesare Bazzani (1873-1939), architect and engineer
  • Eugenio Pacelli (1876-1958), pope
  • Fausto Maria Martini, (1886 - 1931), writer and poet
  • Elena Sadowska (1892 - na), engineer
  • Maria Castellani (1896 - na), entrepreneur
  • Elena Luzzato (1900 - 1983), architect
  • Ettore Majorana (1906 - 1938), physicist and academic
  • Altiero Spinelli (1907 - 1986), politician, europeanist
  • Vera Cao Pinna (1909 - 1986), economist
  • Palma Bucarelli (1910 - 1998), art critic, art historian and museologist
  • Emma Castelnuovo (1913 - 2014), mathematician
  • Lina Mancini Proia (1913 - 2002), mathematician
  • Franca Matricardi (1914 - 1996), journalist and publisher
  • Lina Bo (1914 - 1992), architect and designer 
  • Giulio Andreotti (1919 - 2013), politician, writer and journalist
  • Rossana Oliva, jurist
  • Gianni Letta, politician and journalist
  • Sergio Mattarella, politician, jurist and 12th President of the Italian Republic 
  • Luigi Abete, entrepreneur, publisher
  • Luca Montezemolo, entrepreneur, politician
  • Nadia Fusini, literary critic
  • Mario Draghi, economist, politician
  • Ester Cohen, international expert of Futurism and Metaphysics
  • Paolo Mieli, journalist, essayist
  • Ignazio Visco, economist
  • Antonello Venditti, singer-songwriter 
  • Carlo Verdone, actor, director
  • Rosy Bindi, politician
  • Claudio Baglioni, singer-songwriter, musician 
  • Rita Paris, archaeologist
  • Antonio Tajani, politician, journalist  
  • Francesco Rutelli, politician, journalist
  • Paolo Gentiloni, politician, journalist
  • Enrico Giovannini, politician, statistician
  • Laura Boldrini, politician
  • Barbara Jatta, historian of the art, museologist
  • Alberto Angela, paleologist, scientific popularizer
  • Giuseppe Conte, jurist, politician
  • Luisa Todini, entrepreneur
  • Roberto Gualtieri, politician, academic
  • Federica Mogherini, politician
  • Caterina Banti, sailor, Olympic champion
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