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 182,884 page views. His biography is available in 32 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 30 in 2019). Girolamo Fracastoro is the 64th most popular astronomer (up from 76th in 2019), the 1,010th most popular biography from Italy (up from 1,123rd in 2019) and the 8th 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 64 out of 532Before him are Martin Ryle, Friedrich Georg Wilhelm von Struve, Antony Hewish, Gerard Kuiper, William Alfred Fowler, and Henrietta Swan Leavitt. After him are Pierre Janssen, Pieter van Musschenbroek, Stephen Gray, John Flamsteed, George Darwin, and Petrus Plancius.

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Among people born in 1476, Girolamo Fracastoro ranks 8Before him are Juan Sebastián Elcano, 2nd Dalai Lama, Yeonsangun of Joseon, Louise of Savoy, Huayna Capac, and Alfonso I d'Este, Duke of Ferrara. After him are Cuitláhuac, Pierre Terrail, seigneur de Bayard, Helena of Moscow, Hans von Kulmbach, Kanō Motonobu, and Anna Sforza. 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 John Dudley, 1st Duke of Northumberland, Erasmus Reinhold, Wolf Huber, Lucrezia de' Medici, Lord Guildford Dudley, and Francisco de Montejo.

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Among people born in Italy, Girolamo Fracastoro ranks 1,010 out of 4,088Before him are Francesco Maria Grimaldi (1618), Luigi Cadorna (1850), Giambattista Marino (1569), Italo Gariboldi (1879), Alessandro Del Piero (1974), and Cosimo III de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany (1642). After him are Paolo Conte (1937), Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza (1852), Lars Porsena (-600), Francesca Caccini (1587), Cola di Rienzo (1313), and Bruttia Crispina (164).


Among astronomers born in Italy, Girolamo Fracastoro ranks 8Before him are Giordano Bruno (1548), Giovanni Domenico Cassini (1625), Giuseppe Piazzi (1746), Giovanni Schiaparelli (1835), Paolo dal Pozzo Toscanelli (1397), and Riccardo Giacconi (1931). After him are Angelo Secchi (1818), Annibale de Gasparis (1819), Giovanni Battista Riccioli (1598), Luigi Ferdinando Marsili (1658), Margherita Hack (1922), and Geminiano Montanari (1633).