Fernando Vianello was born on the 17th of August 1939. He was an italian economist ans academic. Together with Michele Salvati, Sebastiano Brusco, Andrea Ginzburg and Salvatore Biasco, he founded the Faculty of Economics of the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia. In 1963 he graduated in Law from the University of Bologna with a thesis on the Italian economic development, under the supervision of Paolo Sylos Labini. In the same year he attended the 6th training course on "Economic Development" organized in Rome by SVIMEZ (Italian Association of Southern Italy’s Industries Development), managed by Claudio Napoleoni.
From 1964 to 1966 he was an assistant professor in "Principles of Political Economy" course held by Sylos Labini at the Faculty of Statistics of the "Sapienza" University of Rome.
Since 1966 he began attending economic courses taught by Joan Robinson, Nicholas Kaldor, Richard Kahn and James Meade in the University of Cambridge (United Kingdom). In 1968 he obtained a degree in Economics (Bachelor of Arts Degree) at Jesus College in the University of Cambridge.