(May 17, 1833, Turin
– May 24, 1898) was an Italian
naval administrator and politician.
Born in Turin
, he worked with distinction as a naval engineer
until the age of forty. In 1873, Admiral Simone Arturo Saint-Bon
, Italy's Naval Minister, appointed him undersecretary of state. The two men collaborated on major projects: Saint-Bon conceived a type of ship, Brin made the plans and directed its construction.
On the advent of the Left
to power in 1876, Brin was appointed Naval Minister by Agostino Depretis
, a capacity in which he continued the policies of Saint-Bon, while enlarging and completing the project in such way as to form the first organic scheme for the development of the Italian fleet
. The huge warships Italia
were his work, though he afterwards abandoned their type in favor of smaller and faster vessels of the Varese
and the Garibaldi
class. Through his initiative, the Italian naval industry, almost non-existent in 1873, made rapid progress.
During his eleven years ministry (1876-1878 with Depretis, 1884-1891 with Depretis and Francesco Crispi
, 1896-1898 with Antonio Starabba, Marchese di Rudinì
), he succeeded in creating large private shipyards
, engine works and metallurgical works for the production of armour, steel plates and guns.
In 1892, he entered the Giovanni Giolitti
cabinet as Minister of Foreign Affairs
, accompanying, in that capacity, King Umberto I
and Queen Margherita
, but chose not to act... Read More