Panizzi, Anthony

BORN 16 Sep 1797, Brescello, Reggio Emilia - DIED 8 Apr 1879, London
BIRTH NAME Panizzi, Antonio Genesio Maria
GRAVE LOCATION London: St. Mary's Cemetery, Harrow Road, Kensal Green (Grave no. 3833 )

Antonio Panizzi studied law at the university of Parma. He was suspected of being a Carbonaro and arrested. After he escaped he fled to Switzerland and when he was forced to leave he moved to England in 1823. There Ugo Foscolo helped him to a teaching position in Liverpool. In 1826 he helped Lord Brougham in an abduction case and whem Brougham became Lord chancellor of England he helped him to obtain the Profesorship of Italian at the new University of London in 1828. In 1832 he became a British citizen.

He held several positions at the British Library before he became Principal Librarian in 1856. He held this position until 1866. Panizzi reorganised the catalogues of the library and the reconstruction of the public reading rooms. In 1869 he was knighted by Queen Victoria. Panizzi was a friend of the Prime ministers Lord and William Gladstone. Through Prosper Mérimée he also had relations with Emperor Napoleon III and empress Eugénie.

Related persons
• was a friend of Foscolo, Ugo
• helped Mazzini, Giuseppe
• corresponded with Mérimée, Prosper


The grave of Anthony Panizzi at St. Mary's Cemetery, Kensal Green, London.
Picture by Androom (08 Feb 2012)


Anthony Panizzi - Wikipedia

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Published: 01 Apr 2017
Last update: 09 Mar 2022