timeline of the University of Padua

1222 – earliest document mentioning Padua University

1401 – Nicholas of Cusa received a doctorate of religious law in 1423 at Padua University and became influential in the beginning of the renaissance period.

1473 – Copernicus received a doctorate of religious law in 1503 at Padua University. His most famous work, De revolutionibus orbium coelestium (On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres) was published after his death in 1543.

1537 – van Wesel (aka Vesalius) became chair of surgery and anatomy at Padua University and later published his seven volume “De humani corporis fabrica” (On the fabric of the human body).

1540 – Realdo Columbo received a degree in medicine from Padua University, worked as an assistant to van Wesel (Vesalius) and then became chair of anatomy in 1543. He was physician to Michelangelo with whom he collaborated in the study and documentation of anatomy.

1564 – Galileo performed most of his work at Padua during the years from 1592 until 1610.

1599 – William Harvey entered Padua University and later discovered the fundamentals of human cardiovascular blood circulation system.

1742 – Giacomo Casanova graduated from Padua University with a degree in law and became a romantic adventurer and author.

1880 – Ricci-Curbastro became professor of mathematical physics at Padua University, where he developed “absolute differential calculus”, which was the basis for tensor calculus, fundamental to the theory of general relativity by Einstein.

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