The speed of the post-unitary industrialization process, the effectiveness of post-war reconstruction, the enthusiasm with which the country grew in the sixties are evidence of the inseparable link that unites culture, technical scientific research and development. An economic, social and territorial development determined by the quality of the institutions and ruling classes that promote and implement it.

Since its foundation in 1863, the Politecnico di Milano has contributed to forming elites and ruling classes: engineers, architects, designers, entrepreneurs, executives, public administrators who have profoundly shaped the face of our country. The research conducted by the Fondazione Politecnico di Milano traces the essential lines of this relationship and indicates, through 100 emblematic personalities, the women and men who have contributed to strengthening the identity of a country, Italy, rich in creativity and of manufacturing capacity. A hope and a commitment for the future.