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Galileo Galilei

1564 - 1642

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Galileo di Vincenzo Bonaiuti de' Galilei (15 February 1564 – 8 January 1642) was an Italian astronomer, physicist and engineer, sometimes described as a polymath. Commonly referred to as Galileo, his name is pronounced (GAL-ih-LAY-oh GAL-ih-LAY-ee, Italian: [ɡaliˈlɛːo ɡaliˈlɛi]). He was born in the city of Pisa, then part of the Duchy of Florence. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Galileo Galilei has received more than 16,916,113 page views. His biography is available in 188 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 183 in 2019). Galileo Galilei is the most popular astronomer, the 3rd most popular biography from Italy and the most popular Italian Astronomer.

Galileo Galilei is most famous for his contributions to the field of astronomy. He was the first person to use a telescope and make observations of the night sky. His observations led him to conclude that the earth revolves around the sun, which contradicted the prevailing view that the earth was the center of the universe.

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Among astronomers, Galileo Galilei ranks 1 out of 531After him are Nicolaus Copernicus, Johannes Kepler, Ptolemy, Giordano Bruno, Tycho Brahe, Anders Celsius, William Herschel, Aristarchus of Samos, Edwin Hubble, Ulugh Beg, and Hipparchus.

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Among people born in 1564, Galileo Galilei ranks 1After him are William Shakespeare, Pieter Brueghel the Younger, Christopher Marlowe, William Adams, Paulo Miki, David Fabricius, Ahmad Sirhindi, Francisco Pacheco, Hans Leo Hassler, Henry Julius, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg, and Joos de Momper. Among people deceased in 1642, Galileo Galilei ranks 1After him are Cardinal Richelieu, Marie de' Medici, Guido Reni, Saskia van Uylenburgh, Safi of Persia, Dmitry Pozharsky, Henri Coiffier de Ruzé, Marquis of Cinq-Mars, Pieter van Laer, Friedrich Kettler, and Sophia Hedwig of Brunswick-Lüneburg.

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Among people born in Italy, Galileo Galilei ranks 3 out of 4,668Before him are Leonardo da Vinci (1452) and Marco Polo (1254). After him are Christopher Columbus (1451), Julius Caesar (-100), Archimedes (-287), Michelangelo (1475), Dante Alighieri (1265), Augustus (-63), Raphael (1483), Antonio Vivaldi (1678), and Niccolò Machiavelli (1469).


Among astronomers born in Italy, Galileo Galilei ranks 1After him are Giordano Bruno (1548), Giovanni Domenico Cassini (1625), Giuseppe Piazzi (1746), Paolo dal Pozzo Toscanelli (1397), Giovanni Schiaparelli (1835), Girolamo Fracastoro (1476), Riccardo Giacconi (1931), Giovanni Battista Riccioli (1598), Angelo Secchi (1818), Annibale de Gasparis (1819), and Luigi Ferdinando Marsili (1658).