Giovanni Marro


He was born in Limone near Cuneo in the Piedmont region of Italy in 1875, the son of Antonio, an eminent psychologist and brother of Andrea, a distinguished surgeon.   

He graduated in Medicine and Surgery from Turin University in 1900; in 1907 he was already head doctor and Director of the Anatomical laboratory in the Psychiatric hospital of Collegno (Turin) and in 1937 he became the General Director of the four psychiatric hospitals in Turin-Collegno.

From 1911, as a member of the Italian Archeological Mission in Egypt (M.A.I.) he participated in archeological digs headed by Professor Ernesto Schiaparelli and afterwards by Professor Giulio Farina, egyptologist and Director of the Egyptian Museum in Turin.

Together with these two scholars, Professor Morro put together a large anthropological collection, today named after him. From 1923 he taught Anthropology at Turin University and founded the Anthropology and Ethnography Museum in 1926, gathering together a wealth of specimens from all parts of the world. He died in Turin on 20th July 1952.

"...he conceived the Natural History of Man as the synthesis of every naturalistic discipline; and the man studied, considering every demonstration or hidden expression, in anatomy and physiology, in osteology, in ethnography, in archeology, in prehistory and in history, setting every biological phenomenon in its natural environment, as the original driving force and guide" (Fumagalli, 1952).