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Authorised form of namePoleni; Giovanni (1683 - 1761); Marquis
SurnamePoleni
ForenamesGiovanni
Dates1683 - 1761
NationalityItalian
Dates and placesBirth:
Venice, Italy (23 August 1683)
Death:
Padua, Italy (14 or 15 November 1761)
Burial:
Church of San Giacomo, Padua, Italy
ActivityResearch Field:
Mathematics, physics, engineering, ancient history, archaeology
Education:
School of the Padri Somaschi, Venice; studied physics and mathematics with his father
Career:
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
Memberships:
Academie Royale des Sciences (1739)
Royal Society activityMembership:
Fellow
Election Date:
30/11/1710
Proposers:
Sir Isaac Newton
RelationshipsSon of Marquess Jacopo Poleni; married Orsola Roberti of Bassano della Grappa; kinsman of Vendramin Bianchi (FRS 1710)
SourcesSources:
Bulloch's Roll; DSB
Notes:
DSB gives death date as 15 November 1761
Royal Society codeNA2829
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
RBO/15/27Observations of the sun from J Poleni1730
EL/P2/11Giovanni Poleni, dated at Padova, to James Jurin1731
EL/P2/17Translation of a letter from Giovanni Poleni to James Jurin1737
EL/P2/21Giovanni Poleni to James Jurin1 June 1737
EL/P2/12Letters from Giovanni Poleni, dated at Padova, to James Jurin1731
RBO/13/37Observations of the sun witnessed in October 1727 by John Poleni1727
RBO/14/69Observations of the moon by Giovanni Poleni 1729
CLP/8i/72Paper, several observations of the lunar eclipse made at Padua on 8 September 1718 extracted from the 'Giornale di Literati' of Venice1724
CLP/8ii/24Paper, observations of the moon in Paris in 1729 xxxxx by Poleni1730
CLP/8ii/28Paper, observations of the sun by G 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 Poleni at Passau1726
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