Western History Timline

  • 130

    Galen is born

    the great Physcian Galen is born. He made numerous discoveries and aided the advancment of medicine.
  • 177

    De Materia Medica is published

    One of the first books on using botnay for medical purposes, De Materia Medica was written by the greek surgeon Dioscorides.
  • 340

    St. Jerome

    Translator of the Latin Vulgate, St. Jerome is born
  • 410

    Proclus is born

    A prominent Neoplatonist, Proculs aided in the acceptence of the Coperican theory
  • 556

    Simonides of Ceos

    Great Greek Lyric Simonides is born
  • 570


    The prophet of Islam, Muhammed is born.
  • Jan 1, 742


    The Patron Charlemange is born
  • Jan 1, 761

    Virgil's Aenied

    The Aenied is written by Virgil
  • Jan 1, 813

    Al Kindi is born

    The great arab natural philosopher Al-Kindi was born.
  • Jan 1, 980

    Avicenna is born

    Muslim physcian Avicenna dubbed the "Galen of Islam" is born.
  • Jan 1, 1216

    Kublai Khan

    The great emperor Kublai Khan is born
  • Jan 1, 1220

    Roger Bacon is born

    Roger Bacon was one of the most celebrated European scientists of the middle ages.
  • Jan 2, 1225

    St. Thomas Aqunias

    St. Thomas Aquinas is born
  • Jan 1, 1304


    great historian Petrarch is born
  • Jan 1, 1394


    Inventor of one of the most well known printing pressses Gutenberg is born.
  • Jan 1, 1422

    William Caxton

    Reviser and helper of the english language, William caxton is born.
  • Jan 1, 1460

    Thomas Linacre is born

    Physcian to king Henry VIII and founder of the Royal College of Physcicians, Thomas Lincare translated six of Galen's works.
  • Jan 1, 1473

    Nicolaus Copernicus is born

    Copernicus is born. Destiened to change the view of the solar system forever, he faced many a trial.
  • Jan 1, 1475


    The great artist and sculpter, Michelanglo is born.
  • Jan 1, 1483

    Martin Luther is born

    Reformationist Martin Luther, detested Copernicus' theory and preached against it.
  • Jan 1, 1493

    Paracelsus is born

    A groundbreaking physician, Paracelsus revolutionized the world of medicine, just not in his lifetime.
  • Jan 1, 1497

    John Calvin

    John Calvin, a great protestant, despised the teachings of Copernicus
  • Jan 1, 1498

    Andreas Osiander is born

    Osiander took the tourch of promoting the Coperican theory of a heliocentric heaven from Joachim.
  • Jan 1, 1510

    John Caius is born

    Caius was a mentor to William Harvey and was concerned himself with the working of the human body.
  • Jan 1, 1511

    Erasmus Reinhold is born

    Reinhold, a professor of Wittenburg supported Copernicus's theory.
  • Jan 1, 1514

    Georg Joachim is born

    Joachim can be credited as one of the main promoters of the Copernican theory of the solar system.
  • Jan 1, 1514

    Andreas Vesalius is born

    Vesalius was a very hands on surgeon and aided in the discovery of many parts of the human anatomy.
  • Jan 1, 1525

    First printed edition of Galen

    First printed greek edition of Galen is published.
  • Jan 1, 1538

    Tabulae Anatomicae Sex published

    One of the major works of Vesalius were his six anatomicl tables.
  • Jan 1, 1543

    De Revolutionibus is published

    After years of work, Copernicus publishes his work that would change the world.
  • Jan 1, 1544

    William Gilbert

    English physician William Gilbert specialized in magnitisim.
  • Jan 1, 1546

    Tycho Brahe is born

    Tycho Brahe made numerous astronomical discoveries with the naked eye.
  • Jan 1, 1548

    Simon Stevin is born

    Creator of the decimal system, intrest rate tables, and many other things, Stevin contributed immensly to the world for years to come.
  • Jan 1, 1561

    Santorio is born

    Founder of "Static Medicinne" and great physcician Santorio is born.
  • Aug 17, 1563

    Tycho Brahe's first observation

    At the age of 17, Tycho Brahe made his first astronomical observation correctinng old Alphonsine tables.
  • Jan 1, 1564

    Galileo Galilei is born.

    Astronomer, mathmatician, and inventor, Galileo was a very influential person. While he didn't invent the telescope, he made vast improements on it and used it for astronomical purposes.
  • Jan 1, 1571

    Johannes Kepler is born

    A promoter of the Copernican theory, Kepler is widely known for his discovery of the eliptical patterns of the planets.
  • Jan 1, 1578

    William Harvey is born

    Pioneer on the discoveries of the heart, William Harve was a great aid to the medical community
  • Jan 1, 1581

    James Ussher is born

    Expert in semitic languages James Ussher supposedly discovered the exact date of the beginning of the world.
  • Marin Mersenne is born

    Brother Marin Marsenne was one of the first to organize a databse of knowledge through the scientific community throughout borders.
  • Thomas Hobbes is born

    Great scientist and thinker Thomas Hobbes is born
  • Galileo publishes "The Starry Messenger"

    The work which contained Galileo's first astronomical bservations through his telescope was called, "the starry Messenger".
  • Brahe published Progymnasmata

    Brahe's book Progymnasmata which catalogued the position of 777 stars.
  • Robert Oldenburg is born

    Robert Oldenburg is often credited for being the founder of the Royal Socieity and can be thanked immensly for this service.
  • 30 year war starts

  • 30 years war

    The 30 years war begins
  • Novum Organum is published

    Francis Bacon's book on how to create a thermometer is published.
  • Robert Boyle is born

    Scientist and philosopher Robert Boyle helped the scientific community greatly and is known as the first modern chemist.
  • John Ray is born

    Ray, with the help of Linnaeus, would create a system for the definition of species.
  • Marcello Malpighi is born

    While he did not create the microscope, Malpighi used it to advance the science of anatomy greatly.
  • Antoni van Leeuwenhoek is born

    Leeuwenhoeck pioneered the use of the microscope.
  • Telescope presented to the Emperor.

    Jesuit Preiests give a telescope to the emperor of China while promoting the Helio centric model.
  • Robert Hook is born

    Legendary Scientist Robert Hook is born
  • Micrographia is published

    Robert Hooke published his work, Micrographia, expounding his theory on light and color
  • Isaac Newton is born

    Physicist, scientist, inventor of Calculus, and many other things, Sir Isaac Newton was a man of many trades who contributed greatly to society.
  • Galileo dies

  • De Generatonie is published

    William Harvey publishes his work on the egg and its importance entitled "De Generatonie"
  • Edward Tyson is born

    Englsih physician Edward Tyson promoted the advancement of Science through discovery. He also made the observations of similarity between the ape and the human.
  • The first meeting of the Royal Socieity

    Unoffically, the first meeting of the future Royal Socieity happened at Gresham College. Two years later, they would recieve the offical name.
  • Newton's Principa published

    Newton's great work, Philosopiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica is published.
  • Carolus Linnaeus is born.

    Linnaeus helped in the creation of the concept of "species" as well as making great discoveriers in the area of plants.
  • Comte de Buffon is born

    Creator of popular science Comte de Buffon sought to bridge the gap of knowledge between the layman and the noble.
  • Noah Webster

    Author of one of the most well known dictionaries, Noah webster is born.
  • Michael Faraday is Born

    Michael faraday was a scientist who contributed to in the feild of electromagnitism.
  • Charles Lyell is born

    Expert on geology and extreme promoter of evolution, Lyell was one of the greatest supporters of an ancient earth.
  • Charles Darwin

    Darwin is most known for his discovery os species adaptation and his extrapulation to the theory of Evolution.
  • Karl Marx

    Inventor of socialism Karl marx is born
  • Lewis Morgan

    A great researcher into the lives of Native Americans, Lewis Morgan is born
  • Louis Pasteur is born

    Louis Paster was a great scientist who disproved the theroy of spontaneous generation and aided in the safety of food.
  • Schliemann

    Great archeologist Henrich Schliemann is born
  • Alfed Wallace is born.

    Wallace is known to have contributed as much as Darwin to the theory of natural selection and is oten termed "The Co-Author of Evolution"
  • Sigmund Freud

    Philosopher Sigmund Freud is born.
  • Origin of the species is punlished

    Darwins greatest work outlineing his theory of natural selection entitled, "Origin of the species" has changed the world as we know it.