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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 47,179 page views. His biography is available in 32 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 31 in 2019). David Fabricius is the 93rd most popular astronomer (up from 101st in 2019), the 1,152nd most popular biography from Germany (up from 1,176th in 2019) and the 16th 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 93 out of 531Before him are Petrus Apianus, Eugene Merle Shoemaker, Angelo Secchi, Antony Hewish, Joseph Hooton Taylor Jr., and Friedrich Wilhelm Argelander. After him are Johann Elert Bode, Nicolas-Claude Fabri de Peiresc, William Huggins, Karl Wilhelm Reinmuth, Karl Ludwig Hencke, and J. Allen Hynek.

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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 Ahmad Sirhindi, Francisco Pacheco, Hans Leo Hassler, Henry Julius, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg, Joos de Momper, and Margherita Gonzaga, Duchess of Ferrara. Among people deceased in 1617, David Fabricius ranks 9Before him are John Napier, Rose of Lima, Francisco Suárez, Concino Concini, Emperor Go-Yōzei, and Hendrik Goltzius. After him are 4th Dalai Lama, Fausto Veranzio, Dorothea of Denmark, Duchess of Brunswick-Lüneburg, Giovanni Botero, Prospero Alpini, and Dorothea Maria of Anhalt.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, David Fabricius ranks 1,152 out of 6,142Before him are Gisela of Swabia (990), Charles De Coster (1827), Karl August, Grand Duke of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach (1757), Walter Dornberger (1895), Georg von Hertling (1843), and Franz Rosenzweig (1886). After him are Alfred Weber (1868), Paul Frederick, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin (1800), Amalia of Oldenburg (1818), Elisabeth of Bavaria, Queen of Germany (1227), Charles I Louis, Elector Palatine (1617), and Thea von Harbou (1888).

Among ASTRONOMERS In Germany

Among astronomers born in Germany, David Fabricius ranks 16Before him are Heinrich Louis d'Arrest (1822), Max Wolf (1863), Karl Ludwig Harding (1765), Walter Baade (1893), Wilhelm Tempel (1821), and Petrus Apianus (1495). After him are Johann Elert Bode (1747), Karl Wilhelm Reinmuth (1892), Reinhard Genzel (1952), Heinrich Schwabe (1789), Arthur Auwers (1838), and Ingrid van Houten-Groeneveld (1921).