Galileo Galilei Biography

Galileo Galilei, often known mononymously as Galileo, was an Italian physicist, mathematician, engineer, astronomer, and philosopher who played a major role in the scientific revolution during the Renaissance. His achievements include improvements to the telescope and consequent astronomical observations and support for Copernicanism. Galileo has been called the "father of modern observational astronomy", the "father of modern physics", the "father of science", and "the father of modern science".

His contributions to observational astronomy include the telescopic confirmation of the phases of Venus, the discovery of the four largest satellites of Jupiter, and the observation and analysis of sunspots. Galileo also worked in applied science and technology, inventing an improved military compass and other instruments.

Galileo's championing of heliocentrism was controversial within his lifetime, a time when most subscribed to either geocentrism or the Tychonic system. He met with opposition from astronomers, who doubted heliocentrism due to the absence of an observed stellar parallax. Source: Wikipedia

Biography Snapshot
Name:
Galileo Galilei
Nationality:
Grand Duchy of Tuscany
Profession:
Physicist, Astrologer, Astronomer, Mathematician, Scientist
Ethnicity:
Italian people
Religion:
Catholicism
Date of Birth:
February 15, 1564
Astrological Sign:
Aquarius
Date of Death:
January 8, 1642
Age at Death:
77
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