Youngest of twelve children born to Louis, Marquis of Bruno, and Carolina Milanesi, a family of wealthy nobles. Francesco studied mathematics, geography, surveying and cartography, served in the army of Savoy, and rose to officer status in the corps of engineers. Graduated from the Sorbonne with degrees in mathematics and astronomy in 1853. Worked at the French National Observantory in 1855. Professor of mathematics in Turin, Italy, and wrote on a number of math theories. Priest in the archdiocese of Turin. Founded the Society of Saint Zita, the Minim Sisters of Our Lady of Suffrage, a home for un-wed mothers, and a school that is now named for him.
- “Blessed Francesco Faà di Bruno“. CatholicSaints.Info. 20 March 2015. Web. 29 May 2016. <>