Girolamo Fracastoro

1476 - 1553

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Girolamo Fracastoro (Latin: Hieronymus Fracastorius; c. 1476/8 – 6 August 1553) was an Italian physician, poet, and scholar in mathematics, geography and astronomy. Fracastoro subscribed to the philosophy of atomism, and rejected appeals to hidden causes in scientific investigation. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Girolamo Fracastoro has received more than 234,940 page views. His biography is available in 37 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 36 in 2019). Girolamo Fracastoro is the 90th most popular astronomer (down from 57th in 2019), the 1,207th most popular biography from Italy (down from 974th in 2019) and the 9th most popular Italian Astronomer.

Girolamo Fracastoro is most famous for his work on the theory of contagion. He was the first to propose that diseases are transmitted by contact with infected people or objects.

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Among astronomers, Girolamo Fracastoro ranks 90 out of 644Before him are Ejnar Hertzsprung, Giovanni Battista Riccioli, Victor Ambartsumian, Ahmad ibn Muhammad ibn Kathir al-Farghani, Edward Emerson Barnard, and Joseph Hooton Taylor Jr.. After him are Johann Palisa, Karl Ludwig Hencke, Petrus Apianus, Johann Adam Schall von Bell, Karl Wilhelm Reinmuth, and Johann Elert Bode.

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Among people born in 1476, Girolamo Fracastoro ranks 8Before him are Pope Paul IV, 2nd Dalai Lama, Yeonsangun of Joseon, Louise of Savoy, Huayna Capac, and Alfonso I d'Este, Duke of Ferrara. After him are Pierre Terrail, seigneur de Bayard, Cuitláhuac, Helena of Moscow, Ayşe Hatun, Anna Sforza, and Hans von Kulmbach. Among people deceased in 1553, Girolamo Fracastoro ranks 10Before him are Lucas Cranach the Elder, Michael Servetus, Şehzade Cihangir, Pedro de Valdivia, Charles III, Duke of Savoy, and Maurice, Elector of Saxony. After him are Sinan Pasha, Lucrezia de' Medici, John Dudley, 1st Duke of Northumberland, Pedro de Toledo y Zúñiga, Wolf Huber, and Erasmus Reinhold.

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Among people born in Italy, Girolamo Fracastoro ranks 1,207 out of 5,161Before him are Orcagna (1315), Armando Diaz (1861), Alessandro Valignano (1539), Gnaeus Cornelius Scipio Calvus (-265), Antonio Segni (1891), and Antipope John XVI (1000). After him are Cosimo III de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany (1642), Francesco II Gonzaga, Marquess of Mantua (1466), Alfonso II d'Este, Duke of Ferrara (1533), Lorenzo Costa (1460), Princess Henriette Adelaide of Savoy (1636), and Elsa Morante (1912).


Among astronomers born in Italy, Girolamo Fracastoro ranks 9Before him are Giovanni Domenico Cassini (1625), Giuseppe Piazzi (1746), Giovanni Schiaparelli (1835), Paolo dal Pozzo Toscanelli (1397), Riccardo Giacconi (1931), and Giovanni Battista Riccioli (1598). After him are Angelo Secchi (1818), Annibale de Gasparis (1819), Luigi Ferdinando Marsili (1658), Margherita Hack (1922), Giovanni Battista Donati (1826), and Giovanni Domenico Maraldi (1709).