David Fabricius

1564 - 1617

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David Fabricius (9 March 1564 – 7 May 1617) was a German pastor who made two major discoveries in the early days of telescopic astronomy, jointly with his eldest son, Johannes Fabricius (1587–1615). David Fabricius (Latinization of his proper name David Faber, or David Goldschmidt; possibly Hebrew) was born at Esens, studied at the University of Helmstedt starting in 1583 and served as pastor for small towns near his birthplace in Frisia (now northwest Germany and northeast Netherlands), at Resterhafe near Dornum in 1584 and at Osteel in 1603. As was common for Protestant ministers of the day, he dabbled in science: his particular interest was astronomy. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of David Fabricius has received more than 36,688 page views. His biography is available in 31 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 29 in 2019). David Fabricius is the 101st most popular astronomer (down from 93rd in 2019), the 1,176th most popular biography from Germany (down from 1,093rd in 2019) and the 20th most popular German Astronomer.

David Fabricius is most famous for being the first person to identify the rings of Saturn.

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Among astronomers, David Fabricius ranks 101 out of 532Before him are Varāhamihira, Nicolas-Claude Fabri de Peiresc, Tom Gehrels, George Biddell Airy, Nicolas-Louis de Lacaille, and Heinrich Schwabe. After him are Hermann Goldschmidt, Annibale de Gasparis, Taqi ad-Din Muhammad ibn Ma'ruf, Giovanni Battista Riccioli, William Huggins, and Arthur B. McDonald.

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Among people born in 1564, David Fabricius ranks 7Before him are Galileo Galilei, William Shakespeare, Pieter Brueghel the Younger, Christopher Marlowe, William Adams, and Paulo Miki. After him are Hans Leo Hassler, Ahmad Sirhindi, Francisco Pacheco, Joos de Momper, Henry Julius, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg, and Federico Borromeo. Among people deceased in 1617, David Fabricius ranks 10Before him are Rose of Lima, Francisco Suárez, Emperor Go-Yōzei, Hendrik Goltzius, 4th Dalai Lama, and Concino Concini. After him are Fausto Veranzio, Dorothea of Denmark, Duchess of Brunswick-Lüneburg, Giovanni Antonio Magini, Prospero Alpini, and Isaac Oliver.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, David Fabricius ranks 1,176 out of 5,289Before him are Heinz Lammerding (1905), Gerda Christian (1913), Heinrich Lehmann-Willenbrock (1911), Ferdinand Ries (1784), Wilhelmina of Prussia, Princess of Orange (1751), and Wilhelmine of Prussia, Margravine of Brandenburg-Bayreuth (1709). After him are Margaret II, Countess of Hainaut (1311), Henri Victor Regnault (1810), Arnold van Gennep (1873), Johann Wilhelm, Elector Palatine (1658), Hermann Goldschmidt (1802), and Wolfram Sievers (1905).

Among ASTRONOMERS In Germany

Among astronomers born in Germany, David Fabricius ranks 20Before him are Petrus Apianus (1495), Karl Ludwig Harding (1765), Johann Elert Bode (1747), Johann Adam Schall von Bell (1591), Karl Wilhelm Reinmuth (1892), and Heinrich Schwabe (1789). After him are Hermann Goldschmidt (1802), Christian Heinrich Friedrich Peters (1813), Andreas Cellarius (1596), Ingrid van Houten-Groeneveld (1921), Arthur Auwers (1838), and August Kopff (1882).