Petrus Plancius

1552 - 1622

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Petrus Plancius (Dutch: [ˈpeːtrʏs ˈplɑŋkiʏs]; 1552 – 15 May 1622) was a Dutch-Flemish astronomer, cartographer and clergyman. He was born as Pieter Platevoet in Dranouter, now in Heuvelland, West Flanders. He studied theology in Germany and England. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Petrus Plancius has received more than 105,703 page views. His biography is available in 33 different languages on Wikipedia. Petrus Plancius is the 77th most popular astronomer (down from 70th in 2019), the 134th most popular biography from Belgium (down from 119th in 2019) and the 3rd most popular Astronomer.

Petrus Plancius is most famous for his map of the southern hemisphere that he created in 1613. This map was the first to show a large part of the southern hemisphere.

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Among astronomers, Petrus Plancius ranks 77 out of 531Before him are Victor Ambartsumian, Abu Hanifa Dinawari, Max Wolf, Russell Alan Hulse, Abū Ishāq Ibrāhīm al-Zarqālī, and Stephen Gray. After him are Arthur B. McDonald, Ahmad ibn Muhammad ibn Kathir al-Farghani, Karl Ludwig Harding, Lewis A. Swift, Walter Baade, and Wilhelm Tempel.

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Among people born in 1552, Petrus Plancius ranks 12Before him are Seonjo of Joseon, Lavinia Fontana, Hans von Aachen, Henri, Prince of Condé, Jost Bürgi, and Edmund Spenser. After him are Agrippa d'Aubigné, Dom Justo Takayama, Marfa Sobakina, Anna of Cleves, Pietro Cataldi, and Paolo Sarpi. Among people deceased in 1622, Petrus Plancius ranks 5Before him are Osman II, Francis de Sales, William Baffin, and Hasekura Tsunenaga. After him are Ranuccio I Farnese, Duke of Parma, Cesare Ripa, Fidelis of Sigmaringen, Bartolomeo Manfredi, John II, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg, Frans Pourbus the Younger, and John Rolfe.

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In Belgium

Among people born in Belgium, Petrus Plancius ranks 134 out of 1,019Before him are Adriaen Brouwer (1605), Pierre Louÿs (1870), Prince Charles, Count of Flanders (1903), David Teniers the Younger (1610), Joseph Plateau (1801), and André Grétry (1741). After him are Pieter Coecke van Aelst (1502), Jean-Marie Pfaff (1953), Marc Dutroux (1956), Marie of Brabant, Queen of France (1254), Lara Fabian (1970), and Charles-Joseph, 7th Prince of Ligne (1735).

Among ASTRONOMERS In Belgium

Among astronomers born in Belgium, Petrus Plancius ranks 3Before him are Adolphe Quetelet (1796) and Ferdinand Verbiest (1623). After him are Eric Walter Elst (1936), Eugène Joseph Delporte (1882), Henri Debehogne (1928), Philippe van Lansberge (1561), George Van Biesbroeck (1880), and Marcel Minnaert (1893).