Authorised form of namePoleni; Giovanni (1683 - 1761); Marquis
Dates1683 - 1761
Place of birthVenice, Italy
Date of birth23 August 1683
Place of deathPadua, Italy
Date of death14 or 15 November 1761
Dates and placesBurial:
Church of San Giacomo, Padua, Italy
Research fieldMathematics
Ancient history
School of the Padri Somaschi, Venice; studied physics and mathematics with his father
Started a judicial career; Professor of Astronomy (1709), Professor of Physics (1715), Professor of Mathematics (1719), all at Padua; investigated the hydraulics relating to the irrigation of Lower Lombardy; established a laboratory of experimental physics and began to lecture on that subject (1738); participated in the study of calendar reform sponsored by Pope Clement IX; won the prize of the Academie Royale des Sciences (1733, 1736, 1741); summoned to Rome to try to prevent further movement of the Dome of St Peter's (1748) but was recalled to his judicial duties
Academie Royale des Sciences (1739)
Membership categoryFellow
Date of election30/11/1710
ProposerSir Isaac Newton
RelationshipsSon of Marquess Jacopo Poleni; married Orsola Roberti of Bassano della Grappa; kinsman of Vendramin Bianchi (FRS 1710)
Bulloch's Roll; DSB
DSB gives death date as 15 November 1761
Royal Society codeNA2829
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
RBO/13/37Observations of the sun witnessed in October 1727 by John Poleni1727
RBO/14/69Observations of the moon by Giovanni Poleni 1729
EL/P2/17Translation of a letter, from Giovanni Poleni to James Jurin1737
CLP/8i/72Paper, 'Observations made in Italy of a lunar eclipse which happened on 8 September 1718. Extracted from the "Giornale di Literati"' by various authors1724
CLP/8ii/24Paper, 'Observatio de sectus lunae' [An observation of the Moon's orbit] by [Giovanni] Poleni1730
CLP/8ii/13Letter, 'Observatio defectus lunae' [Observations of the Moon] by Giovanni Poleni29 July 1729
CLP/8ii/3Paper, 'Observatio defectus solis' [Observation of the Sun] and 'Observatio defectus lunae' [Observation of the Moon] by Giovanni Poleni1726
EL/P2/10Translated extract of a letter, from Giovanni Polani to Thomas Dereham, dated at Padova [Padua]1730
EL/P2/21Letter, from Giovanni Poleni to James Jurin1 June 1737
EL/P2/11Letter, from Giovanni Poleni to James Jurin, dated at Padova [Padua]1731
EL/P2/9Letter, from Giovanni Polani [to the Royal Society], dated at Padova [Padua]30 August 1730
RBO/15/27Observations of the sun from J Poleni1730
EL/P2/12Letters, from Giovanni Poleni to James Jurin, dated at Padova [Padua]1731
CLP/8ii/28Paper, regarding sunspots by G [Giovanni] Poleni1730
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