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 263,540 page views. His biography is available in 33 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 31 in 2019). Thomas Harriot is the 102nd most popular mathematician (down from 95th in 2019), the 482nd most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 406th in 2019) and the 8th 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 102 out of 828Before him are János Bolyai, Alexander Grothendieck, Josef Stefan, Carl Gustav Jacob Jacobi, Leopold Kronecker, and Stefan Banach. After him are Christopher Clavius, John Couch Adams, Jean-Victor Poncelet, Meton of Athens, Edward Norton Lorenz, and Hippocrates of Chios.

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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, Thomas Cavendish, Anton Praetorius, Jan Karol Chodkiewicz, Maximilien de Béthune, Duke of Sully, Gaspard Bauhin, Christian I, Elector of Saxony, Juan Sánchez Cotán, and Marco Antonio de Dominis. Among people deceased in 1621, Thomas Harriot ranks 5Before him are Pope Paul V, Philip III of Spain, Robert Bellarmine, and Albert VII, Archduke of Austria. After him are Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, Cosimo II de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany, Michael Praetorius, Jan Karol Chodkiewicz, Cristofano Allori, Maria Christina, Princess of Transylvania, and Johann Arndt.

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Among people born in United Kingdom, Thomas Harriot ranks 482 out of 6,924Before him are Emma Thompson (1959), James Callaghan (1912), Wentworth Miller (1972), John Cleese (1939), Vivienne Westwood (1941), and James Hutton (1726). After him are Peter Brook (1925), Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and Strathearn (1767), Thomas Savery (1650), John Couch Adams (1819), John Bonham (1948), and Austen Chamberlain (1863).

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Among mathematicians born in United Kingdom, Thomas Harriot ranks 8Before him are John Napier (1550), Ada Lovelace (1815), George Boole (1815), Alfred North Whitehead (1861), G. H. Hardy (1877), and Isaac Barrow (1631). After him are John Couch Adams (1819), John Wallis (1616), Brook Taylor (1685), John Horton Conway (1937), Robert Grosseteste (1175), and William Oughtred (1574).