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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 203,751 page views. His biography is available in 36 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 32 in 2019). Girolamo Fracastoro is the 57th most popular astronomer (up from 64th in 2019), the 977th most popular biography from Italy (up from 1,010th in 2019) and the 7th 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 57 out of 531Before him are Jérôme Lalande, Nicolas-Louis de Lacaille, Pieter van Musschenbroek, Varāhamihira, John Flamsteed, and Pierre Méchain. After him are Friedrich Georg Wilhelm von Struve, Martin Ryle, Jacques Cassini, Vera Rubin, Percival Lowell, and Ejnar Hertzsprung.

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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, Anna Sforza, Hans von Kulmbach, and Kanō Motonobu. Among people deceased in 1553, Girolamo Fracastoro ranks 9Before him are François Rabelais, Lucas Cranach the Elder, Şehzade Cihangir, Michael Servetus, Pedro de Valdivia, and Charles III, Duke of Savoy. After him are Maurice, Elector of Saxony, John Dudley, 1st Duke of Northumberland, Sinan Pasha, Lucrezia de' Medici, Wolf Huber, and Pedro de Toledo y Zúñiga.

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Among people born in Italy, Girolamo Fracastoro ranks 977 out of 4,668Before him are Vincenzo Scamozzi (1548), Emilio Salgari (1862), Filippo Inzaghi (1973), Sebastiano Serlio (1475), Stesichorus (-630), and Justa Grata Honoria (417). After him are Alfonso IV of Aragon (1299), Benedetto Marcello (1686), Pietro Pomponazzi (1462), Charles Emmanuel IV of Sardinia (1751), Marie-Caroline of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, Duchess of Berry (1798), and Melania the Younger (383).


Among astronomers born in Italy, Girolamo Fracastoro ranks 7Before him are Galileo Galilei (1564), Giordano Bruno (1548), Giovanni Domenico Cassini (1625), Giuseppe Piazzi (1746), Paolo dal Pozzo Toscanelli (1397), and Giovanni Schiaparelli (1835). After him are Riccardo Giacconi (1931), Giovanni Battista Riccioli (1598), Angelo Secchi (1818), Annibale de Gasparis (1819), Luigi Ferdinando Marsili (1658), and Margherita Hack (1922).