Italy is home to talented people from all fields and this includes engineering. There are many Italians who have made significant contributions to engineering with their designs and innovations. Here are six of the top engineers from Italy.
This Italian engineer was born in Turin in 1957 and died in 2008 at the age of 51. He was the son of Sergio Pininfarina and was the manager and former CEO of Pininfarina, an Italian coach building and car manufacturing company founded by his grandfather. Andrew James Viterbi
This electrical engineer and computer scientist co-founded Qualcomm Inc. He also invented the Viterbi algorithm. In 2004, the University of California’s Viterbi School of Engineering was named in his honor after he gifted them $52 million. He is now the Presidential Chair Professor of Electrical Engineering at the university. He was born in Bergamo Italy but emigrated to the United States with his parents in 1939.
2. Antonio Beduzzi
Born in Bologna in 1675, Beduzzi is an Austrian-Italian theater engineer, architect, and painter. He is famous for his work in Vienna at the turn of the 17th-century. In 1708, he succeeded Burnacini to become the theater architect for the Court of Vienna. Two of his best-known works are St. Leopold’s Church and the interior of Melk Abbey when it underwent a baroque reconstruction designed by Jakob Prandtauer.
3. Arturo Caprotti
This Italian architect and engineer
4. Antonio Ferri
Ferri is an aerospace engineer who was born in Norcia, Italy, in 1912. He is best-known for his research into high-speed aerodynamics which he began in 1937 in Guidonia Montecelio. Ferri died in 1975.
5. Camillo Olivetti
Olivetti was an Italian electrical engineer who was born in Ivrea, Italy, in 1868. He founded Olivetti & Co., SpA. This is a manufacturer of printers, computers and various other business machines. He died in 1943.
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