Giovanni Treccani

Giovanni Treccani
Born (1883-03-04)March 4, 1883
Died July 6, 1961(1961-07-06)
Nationality Italian
Occupation industrialist, publisher
Known for cultural patronage; Enciclopedia Italiana

Giovanni Treccani (Italian pronunciation: [dʒoˈvanni trekˈkani]; 3 January 1877; Montichiari, Italy – 6 July 1961 in Milan, Italy) was an Italian textile industrialist, publisher and cultural patron.[1] He sponsored the Giovanni Treccani Institute, established 18 February 1925 to publish the Enciclopedia Italiana (currently best known with his own name, Enciclopedia Treccani).

Treccani was the son of a pharmacist. At the age of 17, he emigrated to Germany to work as a textile worker. In 1924, he became a Senator of Italy. In 1925 work started on the Italian Encyclopedia Institute. In 1937 he was awarded the title of Count, and in 1939 received a degree honoris causa in literature from the University of Milan.


  1. "Treccani degli Alfieri, Giovanni". Enciclopedia Italiana (in Italian). Treccani. Retrieved 20 August 2012.
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