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Thomas Harriot

1560 - 1621

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Thomas Harriot (; c. 1560 – 2 July 1621), also spelled Harriott, Hariot or Heriot, was an English astronomer, mathematician, ethnographer and translator to whom the theory of refraction is attributed. Thomas Harriot was also recognized for his contributions in navigational techniques, working closely with John White to create advanced maps for navigation. While Harriot worked extensively on numerous papers on the subjects of astronomy, mathematics and navigation, he remains obscure because he published little of it, namely only The Briefe and True Report of the New Found Land of Virginia (1588). Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Thomas Harriot has received more than 321,774 page views. His biography is available in 33 different languages on Wikipedia. Thomas Harriot is the 97th most popular mathematician (up from 102nd in 2019), the 448th most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 482nd in 2019) and the 6th most popular British Mathematician.

Thomas Harriot is most famous for his contributions to the study of optics and astronomy.

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Among mathematicians, Thomas Harriot ranks 97 out of 823Before him are Émilie du Châtelet, Stefan Banach, Leopold Kronecker, Siméon Denis Poisson, Pierre Louis Maupertuis, and Christian Goldbach. After him are János Bolyai, Jean-Victor Poncelet, Gabriel Cramer, Hippocrates of Chios, Carl Gustav Jacob Jacobi, and Lodovico Ferrari.

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Among people born in 1560, Thomas Harriot ranks 3Before him are Elizabeth Báthory and Annibale Carracci. After him are Jacobus Arminius, Jan Karol Chodkiewicz, Gaspard Bauhin, Christian I, Elector of Saxony, Maximilien de Béthune, Duke of Sully, Thomas Cavendish, Anton Praetorius, Juan Sánchez Cotán, and Domenico Tintoretto. Among people deceased in 1621, Thomas Harriot ranks 5Before him are Philip III of Spain, Pope Paul V, Robert Bellarmine, and Albert VII, Archduke of Austria. After him are Cosimo II de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany, Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, Michael Praetorius, Şehzade Mehmed, Jan Karol Chodkiewicz, Cristofano Allori, and Antoine de Montchrestien.

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Among people born in United Kingdom, Thomas Harriot ranks 448 out of 7,765Before him are Christopher Nolan (1970), Henry Fox Talbot (1800), David Attenborough (1926), James I of Scotland (1394), Robert II of Scotland (1316), and Kate Winslet (1975). After him are Charles Dance (1946), Morrissey (1959), Sweyn II of Denmark (1020), Princess Victoria of Hesse and by Rhine (1863), Robert Plant (1948), and William Shockley (1910).

Among MATHEMATICIANS In United Kingdom

Among mathematicians born in United Kingdom, Thomas Harriot ranks 6Before him are Bertrand Russell (1872), John Napier (1550), George Boole (1815), Ada Lovelace (1815), and Alfred North Whitehead (1861). After him are John Couch Adams (1819), John Wallis (1616), G. H. Hardy (1877), Isaac Barrow (1631), Andrew Wiles (1953), and Brook Taylor (1685).