Galileo Galilei

1564 - 1642

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Galileo di Vincenzo Bonaiuti de' Galilei (15 February 1564 – 8 January 1642), commonly referred to as Galileo Galilei ( GAL-il-AY-oh GAL-il-AY, US also GAL-il-EE-oh -⁠, Italian: [ɡaliˈlɛːo ɡaliˈlɛːi]) or simply Galileo, was an Italian astronomer, physicist and engineer, sometimes described as a polymath. He was born in the city of Pisa, then part of the Duchy of Florence. Galileo has been called the father of observational astronomy, modern-era classical physics, the scientific method, and modern science.Galileo studied speed and velocity, gravity and free fall, the principle of relativity, inertia, projectile motion and also worked in applied science and technology, describing the properties of the pendulum and "hydrostatic balances". Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Galileo Galilei has received more than 18,746,732 page views. His biography is available in 198 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 188 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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Over the past year Galileo Galilei has had the most page views in the with 2,087,939 views, followed by Spanish (1,194,078), and Italian (439,354). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Manx (39,100.00%), (1,943.92%), and (413.68%)


Among astronomers, Galileo Galilei ranks 1 out of 644After him are Nicolaus Copernicus, Johannes Kepler, Giordano Bruno, Ptolemy, Anders Celsius, Tycho Brahe, William Herschel, Ulugh Beg, Ja'far al-Sadiq, Aristarchus of Samos, and Edwin Hubble.

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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, Hans Leo Hassler, Francisco Pacheco, Henry Julius, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg, and Federico Borromeo. 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, Frans Francken the Younger, and Sophia Hedwig of Brunswick-Lüneburg.

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Among people born in Italy, Galileo Galilei ranks 3 out of 5,161Before him are Leonardo da Vinci (1452), and Marco Polo (1254). After him are Christopher Columbus (1451), Julius Caesar (-100), Michelangelo (1475), Archimedes (-287), 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), Giovanni Schiaparelli (1835), Paolo dal Pozzo Toscanelli (1397), Riccardo Giacconi (1931), Giovanni Battista Riccioli (1598), Girolamo Fracastoro (1476), Angelo Secchi (1818), Annibale de Gasparis (1819), and Luigi Ferdinando Marsili (1658).