Tycho Brahe

Astronomer
Date Of Birth:
14 December 1546
Date Of Death:
24 October 1601
gastrointestinal illness
Place Of Birth:
Skane, Denmarknow Sweden
Best Known As:
Denmark's hottest stargazer
Tycho Brahe may not be as famous as Galileo or Copernicus, but in some circles he's considered the father of modern astronomy. He spent much of his life compiling the world's first truly accurate and complete set of astronomical tables -- all before the invention of the telescope. In 1628 Kepler published the Rudolphine Tables, a list of remarkably accurate logarithmic astronomical tables based on Brahe's observations and Kepler's subsequent analysis. Brahe's assistant, Johannes Kepler, later used the tables to deduce the laws of planetary motion.
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In 1565 or 1566, Brahe participated in a midnight duel over a point in mathematics, and most of his nose was cut off. He was 19 years old at the time; he wore a metal replacement the rest of his life.

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