Nicolaus Copernicus

1473 - 1543

Nicolaus Copernicus

Nicolaus Copernicus (; Polish: Mikołaj Kopernik; German: Nikolaus Kopernikus; Niklas Koppernigk; 19 February 1473 – 24 May 1543) was a Renaissance-era mathematician and astronomer, who formulated a model of the universe that placed the Sun rather than Earth at the center of the universe, in all likelihood independently of Aristarchus of Samos, who had formulated such a model some eighteen centuries earlier.The publication of Copernicus' 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 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 also 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 5,654,456 page views. His biography is available in 153 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 2nd most popular astronomer.

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Among astronomers, Nicolaus Copernicus ranks 2 out of 495Before him are Galileo Galilei. After him are Johannes Kepler, Giordano Bruno, Ptolemy, Tycho Brahe, Anders Celsius, Aristarchus of Samos, Edwin Hubble, Ulugh Beg, Hipparchus, and Ole Rømer.

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

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Among people born in Poland, Nicolaus Copernicus ranks 1 out of 930After him are Marie Curie (1867), Frédéric Chopin (1810), Pope John Paul II (1920), Catherine the Great (1762), Arthur Schopenhauer (1788), Rosa Luxemburg (1871), Paul von Hindenburg (1847), Lech Wałęsa (1943), David Ben-Gurion (1886), L. L. Zamenhof (1859), and Heinz Guderian (1888).


Among astronomers born in Poland, Nicolaus Copernicus ranks 1After him are Johannes Hevelius (1611), Karl Ludwig Harding (1765), Karl Ludwig Hencke (1793), Robert Luther (1822), Johann Daniel Titius (1729), Maria Cunitz (1610), Maria Margaretha Kirch (1670), Wilhelm Gliese (1915), Aleksander Wolszczan (1946), and Wilhelm Julius Foerster (1832).

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