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 97,231 page views. His biography is available in 33 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 32 in 2019). Petrus Plancius is the 70th most popular astronomer (up from 97th in 2019), the 119th most popular biography from Belgium (up from 159th in 2019) and the 3rd most popular Belgian 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 70 out of 532Before him are Girolamo Fracastoro, Pierre Janssen, Pieter van Musschenbroek, Stephen Gray, John Flamsteed, and George Darwin. After him are Sosigenes of Alexandria, Johann Franz Encke, Jacques Cassini, Lewis A. Swift, Ejnar Hertzsprung, and Walter Baade.

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Among people born in 1552, Petrus Plancius ranks 12Before him are Seonjo of Joseon, Lavinia Fontana, Edmund Spenser, Hans von Aachen, Jost Bürgi, and Henri, Prince of Condé. After him are Agrippa d'Aubigné, Dom Justo Takayama, Pietro Cataldi, Edward Coke, Anna of Cleves, and Alberico Gentili. 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, Fidelis of Sigmaringen, John Rolfe, John II, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg, Bartolomeo Manfredi, Frans Pourbus the Younger, and Michael Maier.

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In Belgium

Among people born in Belgium, Petrus Plancius ranks 119 out of 899Before him are Eugène Ysaÿe (1858), François Vatel (1631), Pierre Louÿs (1870), Adriaen Brouwer (1605), Jean-Marie Pfaff (1953), and Auguste Perret (1874). After him are Pieter Coecke van Aelst (1502), Marguerite Porete (1250), Charles Theodore, Elector of Bavaria (1724), Ermengarde of Hesbaye (778), Silvio Gesell (1862), and Bartholomeus Spranger (1546).

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), Marcel Minnaert (1893), and George Van Biesbroeck (1880).