Scientific Revolution Birthdates

  • Feb 26, 1459

    Peter Apian

    Peter Apian observes that the tail of the comet his year, later known as Halley's Comet, pointed away from the sun, a detail also recognized by Regiomontanus.
  • Feb 19, 1473

    Nicolaus Copernicus

    Nicolaus Copernicus was a Renaissance mathematician and astronomer. He formulated a model of the universe, which placed the Sun, rather than the Earth, at the center.
  • Feb 26, 1475

    Girolamo Fracastoro

    Girolamo Fracastoro provides one of the first descriptions of a new disease in a work entitled Syphilis, or the French Disease. As an aside, the Italians called it the French disease, the French called it Italian disease.
  • Feb 26, 1492

    Juan Luis Vives

    Juan Luis Vives in his On the Disciplines argues for the reform of education and a more receptive approach to skills traditionally associated with the craft and trade traditions.
  • Feb 28, 1548

    Giordano Bruno

    Giordano Bruno an early Copernican, albeit philosophical and religious rather than technical, Bruno also argued form an infinite universe and a plurality of worlds. He was burned at the stake in Rome for his heretical opinions.
  • Feb 15, 1564

    Galileo Galileionomer, and philosopher who played a major role in the Scientific Revolution

    Galileo Galilei, was an Italian physicist, mathematician, astronomer, and philosopher. He played a major role in the Scientific Revolution
  • Dec 27, 1571

    Johannes Kepler

    Johannes Kepler was a German mathematician, astronomer and astrologer. A key figure in the 17th century scientific revolution, he is best known for his eponymous laws of planetary motion.
  • René Descartes

    René Descartes was a French philosopher, mathematician, and writer. He spent most of his adult life in the Dutch Republic.
  • Ousted by the king

    Tycho Brahe, having been ousted from Uraniborg by the King of Denmark, moves to Benateky, outside Prague, under the patronage of Rudolph II, Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire.
  • Sir Isaac Newton

    Sir Isaac Newton PRS MP was an English physicist and mathematician. he is widely regarded as one of the most influential scientists of all time and as a key figure in the scientific revolution.