Aristarchus

Ancient Greek Astronomer

Background

I was born in 310BC in Samos Greece. I am an astronomer and mathematician who was mentored and trained in Alexandria by Archimedes and Strato of Lampsacus on the sciences I held. I'm known as one of the early pioneers of astronomy.

My work was often cited by Copernicus, since we both believed in a heliocentric universe.

Major discoveries

My greatest discovery was finding out the earth rotates on its axis and revolves around the son. Unfortunately my theory that the sun was the center of the universe didn't stick, instead the scientific community accepted Ptolemy's theory that the earth was the center of the universe. This set the advance in solar system sciences back hundreds of years.

Interesting Fact

Back in my day I was recognized as one of only 6 men in the world who were considered to be masters in every subject of mathematics .