Galileo Galilei

1564 - 1642

Galileo Galilei

Galileo di Vincenzo Bonaiuti de' Galilei (Italian: [ɡaliˈlɛːo ɡaliˈlɛi]; 15 February 1564 – 8 January 1642) was an Italian astronomer, physicist and engineer, sometimes described as a polymath, from Pisa. Galileo has been called the "father of observational astronomy", the "father of modern physics", the "father of the scientific method", and the "father of 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 pendulums and "hydrostatic balances", inventing the thermoscope and various military compasses, and using the telescope for scientific observations of celestial objects. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Galileo Galilei has received more than 11,863,809 page views. His biography is available in 179 different languages on Wikipedia making him the most popular astronomer.

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Among astronomers, Galileo Galilei ranks 1 out of 495After him are Nicolaus Copernicus, Johannes Kepler, Giordano Bruno, Ptolemy, Tycho Brahe, Anders Celsius, Aristarchus of Samos, Edwin Hubble, Ulugh Beg, Hipparchus, and Ole Rømer.

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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, Hans Leo Hassler, Francisco Pacheco, Joos de Momper, Henry Julius, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg, and Ahmad Sirhindi. Among people deceased in 1642, Galileo Galilei ranks 1After him are Cardinal Richelieu, Marie de' Medici, Guido Reni, Saskia van Uylenburgh, Safi of Persia, Henri Coiffier de Ruzé, Marquis of Cinq-Mars, Dmitry Pozharsky, and Friedrich Kettler.

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Among people born in Italy, Galileo Galilei ranks 4 out of 3,282Before him are Leonardo da Vinci (1452), Marco Polo (1254), and Christopher Columbus (1451). After him are 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), Riccardo Giacconi (1931), Paolo dal Pozzo Toscanelli (1397), Giovanni Schiaparelli (1835), Girolamo Fracastoro (1476), Angelo Secchi (1818), Annibale de Gasparis (1819), Giovanni Battista Riccioli (1598), and Luigi Ferdinando Marsili (1658).

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