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Giovanni Battista Venturi

1746-1822

 

Venturi was an Italian physicist. He was the discoverer of the Venturi effect; the Venturi pump and Venturi tube are named after him

Born in Bibbiano, he was a contemporary of Lagrange and Laplace.

He was ordained as a priest in 1769, and in the same year appointed as a teacher of logic at the seminary of Reggio Emilia. In 1774 he became a professor of geometry and philosophy at the University of Modena, where in 1776 he became professor of physics.

Venturi was the first to call attention to the importance of Leonardo da Vinci as a scientist, and compiled and published many of Galileo's manuscripts and letters.