Giovanni Battista Donati

1826 - 1873

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Giovanni Battista Donati (Italian pronunciation: [dʒoˈvanni batˈtista doˈnaːti]; 16 December 1826 – 20 September 1873) was an Italian astronomer.Donati graduated from the university of his native city, Pisa, and afterwards joined the staff of the Observatory of Florence in 1852. He was appointed director in 1864.Donati was also a pioneer in the spectroscopic study of the stars, the Sun, and comets. He observed the total solar eclipse of 18 July 1860, at Torreblanca in Spain, and in the same year began experiments in stellar spectroscopy. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Giovanni Battista Donati has received more than 15,594 page views. His biography is available in 22 different languages on Wikipedia. Giovanni Battista Donati is the 269th most popular astronomer (down from 230th in 2019), the 2,581st most popular biography from Italy (down from 2,064th in 2019) and the 17th most popular Italian Astronomer.

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Among astronomers, Giovanni Battista Donati ranks 269 out of 532Before him are Luboš Kohoutek, Giovanni Domenico Maraldi, Karl Christian Bruhns, André-Louis Danjon, Heinrich Christian Schumacher, and Bengt Strömgren. After him are Carl Keenan Seyfert, Friedrich August Theodor Winnecke, Halton Arp, Wilhelm Julius Foerster, Viktor Knorre, and Benjamin Baillaud.

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Among people born in 1826, Giovanni Battista Donati ranks 31Before him are Walter Bagehot, Spotted Elk, Ernst I, Duke of Saxe-Altenburg, William Waddington, Karl Gegenbaur, and Princess Alexandra of Bavaria. After him are Hormuzd Rassam, Giuseppe Zanardelli, Richard Christopher Carrington, Princess Elisabeth of Saxe-Altenburg, Charles Barbier de Meynard, and Franz Grashof. Among people deceased in 1873, Giovanni Battista Donati ranks 38Before him are Ferdinand David, Hermann Hankel, Michael Madhusudan Dutt, Georg Amadeus Carl Friedrich Naumann, Christopher Hansteen, and Paweł Strzelecki. After him are Edwin Landseer, Louis Le Chatelier, Edward Blyth, Charles Dupin, Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda, and Eugène Flachat.

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Among people born in Italy, Giovanni Battista Donati ranks 2,581 out of 4,088Before him are Rose McGowan (1973), Carlo Rambaldi (1925), Renato Castellani (1913), Massimo Bontempelli (1878), Roberto Rosato (1943), and Luigi Delneri (1950). After him are Giuseppe Occhialini (1907), Fiorenzo Magni (1920), Liliana Segre (1930), Paolo Di Canio (1968), Teofilo Folengo (1491), and Marcello Piacentini (1881).


Among astronomers born in Italy, Giovanni Battista Donati ranks 17Before him are Giovanni Battista Riccioli (1598), Luigi Ferdinando Marsili (1658), Margherita Hack (1922), Geminiano Montanari (1633), Niccolò Zucchi (1586), and Giovanni Domenico Maraldi (1709). After him are Luigi Carnera (1875), Giorgio Abetti (1882), Elia Millosevich (1848), Charles Piazzi Smyth (1819), Barnaba Oriani (1752), and Caterina Scarpellini (1808).