Nicolaus Copernicus was born on February 19th, 1473 in Torun, Poland. Copernicus was born in a religious family and followed that direction by becoming a canon, but on his leisure time he was an astronomer. Due to his job as a canon, he moved a lot. As a result he went to several universities such as, University of Cracow, University of Bologna, University of Padua, and University of Ferrara. He ended up dying in Frauenburg, Poland on May 24th, 1543.
Copernicus earned a couple degrees in about 20 years. At University of Cracow he got a masters degree in mathematics and painting. Also, at University of Bologna he received a degree in religious law. Due to his two year absence in the canon position he wasn't able to finish at the University of Padua with a medical degree.
One of Nicolaus Copernicus's many contributions to this world was, the heliocentric theory. The theory states that, the earth and other planets revovle around the sun. He secretly worked on his theory without mentioning it to anyone, since it went against the bible and he was a religious leader. His motivation derived from two factors; one he believed that the sun was a more divine figure than the earth to be the center of the solar system and secondly, that the previous theories didn't really analyze the concept behind the circles. Through all his hard work,he was able to create a masterpiece that is highly used today.