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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 282,818 page views. His biography is available in 29 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 27 in 2019). Giambattista della Porta is the 136th most popular mathematician (down from 122nd in 2019), the 1,012th most popular biography from Italy (down from 898th in 2019) and the 14th 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 136 out of 823Before him are Alexis Clairaut, Michel Rolle, Liu Hui, Robert Grosseteste, Jacques Hadamard, and Joseph Liouville. After him are William Oughtred, Vincenzo Viviani, Robert Aumann, Johannes Trithemius, Arthur Cayley, and Sophus Lie.

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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, Titu Cusi, Shimazu Yoshihiro, Luis de Molina, Martin Frobisher, and Sayri Túpac. Among people deceased in 1615, Giambattista della Porta ranks 5Before him are Margaret of Valois, Hans von Aachen, Toyotomi Hideyori, and Sanada Yukimura. After him are Heo Jun, Dom Justo Takayama, Virginia de' Medici, Alonso Pérez de Guzmán y Sotomayor, 7th Duke of Medina Sidonia, Felipe Guaman Poma de Ayala, Claudio Acquaviva, and Pieter Both.

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Among people born in Italy, Giambattista della Porta ranks 1,012 out of 4,668Before him are Isabella of Aragon, Duchess of Milan (1470), Constance of Sicily, Queen of Aragon (1249), Francesco Albani (1578), Roberto Cavalli (1940), Rosalba Carriera (1673), and Emma Morano (1899). After him are Andrea Amati (1505), Michele Placido (1946), Alberto Sordi (1920), Charles III, Duke of Parma (1823), Alessandro Algardi (1595), and Pietro Locatelli (1695).


Among mathematicians born in Italy, Giambattista della Porta ranks 14Before him are Philolaus (-470), Niccolò Fontana Tartaglia (1499), Giuseppe Peano (1858), Bonaventura Cavalieri (1598), Lodovico Ferrari (1522), and Aloysius Lilius (1510). After him are Vincenzo Viviani (1622), Rafael Bombelli (1526), Vito Volterra (1860), Scipione del Ferro (1465), Paolo Ruffini (1765), and Tullio Levi-Civita (1873).