Nicolaus Copernicus

1473 - 1543

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Nicolaus Copernicus (19 February 1473 – 24 May 1543) was a Renaissance polymath, active as a mathematician, astronomer, and Catholic canon, who formulated a model of the universe that placed the Sun rather than Earth at its center. In all likelihood, Copernicus developed his model independently of Aristarchus of Samos, an ancient Greek astronomer who had formulated such a model some eighteen centuries earlier.The publication of Copernicus's model in his book De revolutionibus orbium coelestium (On the Revolutions of the Celestial Spheres), just before his death in 1543, was a major event in the history of science, triggering the Copernican Revolution and making a pioneering contribution to the Scientific Revolution.Copernicus was born and died in Royal Prussia, a semiautonomous and multilingual region that had been part of the Kingdom of Poland since 1466. A polyglot and polymath, he obtained a doctorate in canon law and was a mathematician, astronomer, physician, classics scholar, translator, governor, diplomat, and economist. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Nicolaus Copernicus has received more than 9,318,078 page views. His biography is available in 168 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 162 in 2019). Nicolaus Copernicus is the 2nd most popular astronomer, the most popular biography from Poland and the most popular Polish Astronomer.

Nicolaus Copernicus was a Polish astronomer who is most famous for proposing the heliocentric theory of the solar system, which states that the sun is at the center of the solar system and the earth and other planets orbit around it.

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Among astronomers, Nicolaus Copernicus ranks 2 out of 644Before him are Galileo Galilei. After him are Johannes Kepler, Giordano Bruno, Ptolemy, Anders Celsius, Tycho Brahe, William Herschel, Ulugh Beg, Ja'far al-Sadiq, Aristarchus of Samos, and Edwin Hubble.

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Among people born in 1473, Nicolaus Copernicus ranks 1After him are Oruç Reis, James IV of Scotland, Thomas Wolsey, Georg von Frundsberg, John Corvinus, Margaret Pole, Countess of Salisbury, Richard of Shrewsbury, Duke of York, Henry IV, Duke of Saxony, Cecilia Gallerani, Hans Burgkmair, and Edward of Middleham, Prince of Wales. Among people deceased in 1543, Nicolaus Copernicus ranks 1After him are Şehzade Mehmed, Mary Boleyn, Afonso I of Kongo, Al-Mutawakkil III, Johann Eck, George, Margrave of Brandenburg-Ansbach, Ahmad ibn Ibrahim al-Ghazi, Maria Salviati, Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo, Francesco Canova da Milano, and Polidoro da Caravaggio.

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Among people born in Poland, Nicolaus Copernicus ranks 1 out of 1,694After him are Frédéric Chopin (1810), Marie Curie (1867), Pope John Paul II (1920), Arthur Schopenhauer (1788), Catherine the Great (1729), Rosa Luxemburg (1871), David Ben-Gurion (1886), Lech Wałęsa (1943), Paul von Hindenburg (1847), L. L. Zamenhof (1859), and Manfred von Richthofen (1892).


Among astronomers born in Poland, Nicolaus Copernicus ranks 1After him are Robert Luther (1822), Johannes Hevelius (1611), Albert Marth (1828), Karl Ludwig Hencke (1793), Johann Daniel Titius (1729), Maria Cunitz (1610), Aleksander Wolszczan (1946), Wilhelm Gliese (1915), Bartholomaeus Pitiscus (1561), Wilhelm Julius Foerster (1832), and Hugo von Seeliger (1849).