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Petrus Apianus

1495 - 1552

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Petrus Apianus (April 16, 1495 – April 21, 1552), also known as Peter Apian, Peter Bennewitz, and Peter Bienewitz, was a German humanist, known for his works in mathematics, astronomy and cartography. His work on "cosmography", the field that dealt with the earth and its position in the universe, was presented in his most famous publications, Astronomicum Caesareum (1540) and Cosmographicus liber (1524). His books were extremely influential in his time, with the numerous editions in multiple languages being published until 1609. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Petrus Apianus has received more than 96,849 page views. His biography is available in 35 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 33 in 2019). Petrus Apianus is the 87th most popular astronomer (down from 78th in 2019), the 1,119th most popular biography from Germany (down from 948th in 2019) and the 15th most popular German Astronomer.

Petrus Apianus is most famous for his publication of the first star map in 1540.

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Among astronomers, Petrus Apianus ranks 87 out of 531Before him are Lewis A. Swift, Walter Baade, Wilhelm Tempel, Edward Emerson Barnard, Giovanni Battista Riccioli, and Eric Walter Elst. After him are Eugene Merle Shoemaker, Angelo Secchi, Antony Hewish, Joseph Hooton Taylor Jr., Friedrich Wilhelm Argelander, and David Fabricius.

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Among people born in 1495, Petrus Apianus ranks 4Before him are Cuauhtémoc, Francesco II Sforza, and John of God. After him are Jan van Scorel, Clément Marot, Barbara Zápolya, Enrique of Malacca, Louis X, Duke of Bavaria, Nicolas Gombert, Giampietrino, and Melchior Hoffman. Among people deceased in 1552, Petrus Apianus ranks 4Before him are Francis Xavier, Katharina von Bora, and Basil Fool for Christ. After him are Paolo Giovio, Sebastian Münster, Edward Seymour, 1st Duke of Somerset, Andreas Osiander, Olaus Petri, Antonio de Mendoza, Guru Angad, and Pierre Attaingnant.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Petrus Apianus ranks 1,119 out of 6,142Before him are Max Klinger (1857), Klaus Störtebeker (1360), Rudolf Diels (1900), Charles I of Württemberg (1823), Louis II, Duke of Bavaria (1229), and Rudolf von Sebottendorf (1875). After him are Günther Korten (1898), Frederick Francis III, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin (1851), Louis I, Grand Duke of Hesse (1753), Princess Augusta Wilhelmine of Hesse-Darmstadt (1765), Leo von Klenze (1784), and Countess Palatine Dorothea Sophie of Neuburg (1670).

Among ASTRONOMERS In Germany

Among astronomers born in Germany, Petrus Apianus ranks 15Before him are Friedrich Georg Wilhelm von Struve (1793), Heinrich Louis d'Arrest (1822), Max Wolf (1863), Karl Ludwig Harding (1765), Walter Baade (1893), and Wilhelm Tempel (1821). After him are David Fabricius (1564), Johann Elert Bode (1747), Karl Wilhelm Reinmuth (1892), Reinhard Genzel (1952), Heinrich Schwabe (1789), and Arthur Auwers (1838).