Andreas Vesalius

I was born December 31, 1514 in Brussels, Belgium. I was the founder of the modern science of anatomy. I resurrected the use of human dissection, regardless of the strict ban by the Catholic Church. I also demonstrated that men and women have the same number of ribs, contrary to the biblical story of Adam and Eve which tells that Eve was brought into existence from one of Adam's ribs, and that men had one less rib than women. I proved that wrong. I published a book about human anatomy, "De Humani Corporis Fabrica", in 1543. It contained over 200 anatomical illustrations. I was accused of murder in 1564, for the dissection of a Spanish noble that was still alive. King Phillip II reduced his sentence to a pilgrimage of penitence to the Holy Land. On the way back, the vessel I was on was badly harmed by a storm. I was rescued from sea, but I died shortly after.