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Giovanni Battista Riccioli

1598 - 1671

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Giovanni Battista Riccioli, SJ (17 April 1598 – 25 June 1671) was an Italian astronomer and a Catholic priest in the Jesuit order. He is known, among other things, for his experiments with pendulums and with falling bodies, for his discussion of 126 arguments concerning the motion of the Earth, and for introducing the current scheme of lunar nomenclature. He is also widely known for discovering the first double star. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Giovanni Battista Riccioli has received more than 114,618 page views. His biography is available in 35 different languages on Wikipedia. Giovanni Battista Riccioli is the 85th most popular astronomer (up from 105th in 2019), the 1,217th most popular biography from Italy (up from 1,356th in 2019) and the 9th most popular Italian Astronomer.

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Among astronomers, Giovanni Battista Riccioli ranks 85 out of 531Before him are Ahmad ibn Muhammad ibn Kathir al-Farghani, Karl Ludwig Harding, Lewis A. Swift, Walter Baade, Wilhelm Tempel, and Edward Emerson Barnard. After him are Eric Walter Elst, Petrus Apianus, Eugene Merle Shoemaker, Angelo Secchi, Antony Hewish, and Joseph Hooton Taylor Jr..

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Among people born in 1598, Giovanni Battista Riccioli ranks 6Before him are Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Francisco de Zurbarán, Bonaventura Cavalieri, François Mansart, and Eleonora Gonzaga. After him are Maarten Tromp, Christian I, Count Palatine of Birkenfeld-Bischweiler, Johann Crüger, William, Duke of Saxe-Weimar, Chen Hongshou, and Michael van Langren. Among people deceased in 1671, Giovanni Battista Riccioli ranks 3Before him are Stenka Razin and François Vatel. After him are Anne Hyde, Adam Olearius, Fran Krsto Frankopan, Petar Zrinski, Sophia Eleonore of Saxony, Sébastien Bourdon, Roche Braziliano, Antonio Barberini, and Yerofey Khabarov.

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Among people born in Italy, Giovanni Battista Riccioli ranks 1,217 out of 4,668Before him are Ferdinando Carulli (1770), Antonio da Sangallo the Younger (1484), Melozzo da Forlì (1438), Ivanoe Bonomi (1873), Ferdinand IV, Grand Duke of Tuscany (1835), and Frank Lentini (1889). After him are Andrea Pirlo (1979), Giambattista Pittoni (1687), Claudia Mori (1944), Peter Chrysologus (380), Giovanni Battista Morgagni (1682), and Marcantonio Raimondi (1480).


Among astronomers born in Italy, Giovanni Battista Riccioli ranks 9Before him are Giovanni Domenico Cassini (1625), Giuseppe Piazzi (1746), Paolo dal Pozzo Toscanelli (1397), Giovanni Schiaparelli (1835), Girolamo Fracastoro (1476), and Riccardo Giacconi (1931). After him are Angelo Secchi (1818), Annibale de Gasparis (1819), Luigi Ferdinando Marsili (1658), Margherita Hack (1922), Giovanni Domenico Maraldi (1709), and Giovanni Battista Donati (1826).