Galileo Galilei

Father of Modern Astronomy

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Background Facts

  • First born of Vencerio Galilei
  • Started school at Vollombrosa Monistary
  • Graduated from the University of Pisa
  • Wanted to further his grasp in mathematics & physics

Galileo's Achievements

  • Found evidence of moons around Jupiter, mountains on the moon, and a large amount of stars in the Milky Way Galaxy.
  • Created a 40x Powered telescope.
  • Had a reputation with mathematics & physics that gained him a teaching post at the University of Pisa
  • Found evidence that Earth isn't the center of the Universe, but that the Earth orbits the Sun.

Galileo's Impact on Today

  • Invented a higher powered telescope that would lead the way for even more powerful telescopes.
  • Galileo wrote Dicouses & The Dialog which after his death paved the path for many other scientific studies
  • Created the first Thermometer

Interesting Facts

  • Declares himself as a Copernican
  • Galileo remained a devout Catholic until his death, but he never married the mother of his three children.
  • He didn't invent the telescope, either—he got the idea from a Dutch spectacles maker who had invented a spyglass. (He was the first to use a telescope to formally observe the sky, though.)