Giambattista della Porta

1535 - 1615

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Giambattista della Porta (Italian pronunciation: [dʒambatˈtista della ˈpɔrta]; 1535 – 4 February 1615), also known as Giovanni Battista Della Porta, was an Italian scholar, polymath and playwright who lived in Naples at the time of the Renaissance, Scientific Revolution and Reformation. Giambattista della Porta spent the majority of his life on scientific endeavors. He benefited from an informal education of tutors and visits from renowned scholars. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Giambattista della Porta has received more than 249,749 page views. His biography is available in 27 different languages on Wikipedia. Giambattista della Porta is the 122nd most popular mathematician (up from 467th in 2019), the 898th most popular biography from Italy (up from 2,225th in 2019) and the 13th most popular Italian Mathematician.

Giambattista della Porta is most famous for his work on the science of optics, which he published in 1586 in his book "Magia Naturalis".

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Among mathematicians, Giambattista della Porta ranks 122 out of 828Before him are John Horton Conway, Ferdinand von Lindemann, Robert Grosseteste, Hermann Weyl, Émile Borel, and Alexis Clairaut. After him are Theon of Alexandria, Thābit ibn Qurra, William Oughtred, Marian Rejewski, Joseph Liouville, and Grigori Perelman.

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Among people born in 1535, Giambattista della Porta ranks 5Before him are Pope Leo XI, Pope Gregory XIV, Sofonisba Anguissola, and Joanna of Austria, Princess of Portugal. After him are Federico Barocci, Alessandro Allori, Shimazu Yoshihiro, Martin Frobisher, Luis de Molina, William the Younger, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg, and Catherine Stenbock. Among people deceased in 1615, Giambattista della Porta ranks 4Before him are Margaret of Valois, Sanada Yukimura, and Hans von Aachen. After him are Toyotomi Hideyori, Heo Jun, Virginia de' Medici, Dom Justo Takayama, Felipe Guaman Poma de Ayala, Claudio Acquaviva, Alonso Pérez de Guzmán y Sotomayor, 7th Duke of Medina Sidonia, and Adriaan van Roomen.

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Among people born in Italy, Giambattista della Porta ranks 898 out of 4,088Before him are Ferdinand, Duke of Parma (1751), Bartolomeo Eustachi (1500), François Grimaldi (1201), Saint Cajetan (1480), Vincenzo Scamozzi (1548), and Isabella Rossellini (1952). After him are Frances of Rome (1384), Giuseppe Tornatore (1956), Julia (-76), Riccardo Giacconi (1931), Mario Monti (1943), and Alfonso II of Naples (1448).


Among mathematicians born in Italy, Giambattista della Porta ranks 13Before him are Maria Gaetana Agnesi (1718), Niccolò Fontana Tartaglia (1499), Philolaus (-470), Giuseppe Peano (1858), Bonaventura Cavalieri (1598), and Lodovico Ferrari (1522). After him are Scipione del Ferro (1465), Vincenzo Viviani (1622), Aloysius Lilius (1510), Vito Volterra (1860), Rafael Bombelli (1526), and Giovanni Ceva (1647).