The Blessed Francesco Faà di Bruno, born in Alexandria (formerly Kingdom of Sardinia, now Piedmont, Italy) on March, 29th 1825, belonged to a family of ancient nobilty, the Marquises of Bruno.
The Faà di Bruno had a long tradition of great members who made their way through the fields of religion, army and politics.
After his studies, Francesco took up the military career: he became Captain in the Piedmontese Army and Aide-de-camp of the Prince Vittorio Emanuele (the future Vittorio Emanuele II,first King of Italy) and with this degree he fought in 1848, during the First Independence War that the Sardinian Kingdom fought with the Italian patriots against the Austrian Empire.
During the conflict, he designed the first topographic maps of the Mincio River, which will be a decisive strategical instrument during the 1860 ‘s war, won by the Savoia against the Austrians.
When Vittorio Emanuele II acceded to the throne, he decided to appoint Francesco as Mathematics and Science house tutor of his two sons, Umberto (heir to the throne) and Amedeo (future king of Spain).
To complete and enhance his education, Francesco moved to Paris and attended
the Sorbonne under the great mathematician Augustin Cauchy. He got his degree in Mathematics on March, 10th 1851.