By Natalie Lozano and Tyler Hession

His Start Off

Nicolaus Copernicus was born in Torun, Poland, on Feb. 19, 1473, to a wealthy family. He was the youngest of four children. His father died when he was about 10 years old, leading him to live with his uncle Lucas Waltzenrode. Under his uncle's guidance, Copernicus studied astronomy and astrology at the University of Cracow and then law at the University of Bologna in Italy.

Major Ecomplishments

Nicolaus wrote De Revolution Orbium Coelstium; Aristotle had said thatthe Earth was central and the sun and planets revolved around it. Nicolaus's theory was against this. This book is just models of Nicolaus's theory on space; the sun near the center of the Universe, motionless, with Earth and the other planets rotating around it in circular paths modified by epicycles and at uniform speeds.


The catholic church thought Nicolaus was wrong other astronomers didnt believe him. They thought negatively of him since he was using his own fact and was only using his own logic; therfore being incorrect.

Interesting Facts

Copernicus's skills were not limited to just astronomy. Among other things, Copernicus was also a physician, scholar, economist, translator, mathematician, artist and diplomat.

The chemical element Copernicum is named after Copernicus. It has the symbol Cn and atomic number 112.

Copernicus never actually married because he was too dedicated to his work.

Quotes by Nic

“To know that we know what we know, and to know that we do not know what we do not know, that is true knowledge.”

“In the midst of all dwells the Sun. For who could set this luminary in another or better place in this most glorious temple, than whence he can at one and the same time brighten the whole.”