Saturday, 11 September 2010

Thomas Harriot (c.1560-1621) - Astronomer, Mathematician


Alchemipedia Link - Thomas Harriot (English Astronomer, Mathematician) 1560 - 1621

Thomas Harriot Demographics:
  • Name - Thomas Harriot
  • Surname - Harriot or Hariot or Heriot.
  • Born - c. 1560 (Oxford)
  • Death - 2 July 1621 (London)
  • Occupation - Astronomer, Mathematician, Ethnographer, Translator
  • Nationality - English
  • Education - Oxford University
Thomas Harriot Facts:
  • Graduate of Oxford University.
  • Traveled on an expedition to the Americas, funded by Sir Walter Raleigh.
  • Worked for the 9th Earl of Northumberland.
  • The theory of refraction is attributed to Thomas Harriot.
  • The first telescopic observer.
  • First person to make a drawing of the moon viewed through a telescope (July 26, 1609).
  • Performed this telescopic feat before Galileo Galilei.
  • Some historians credit him with introducing the potato to Ireland & Great Britain.

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