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Galileo Galilei

1564 – 1642

A student of medicine at Pisa University, but soon changed to the study of mathematics

Became Professor of Mathematics at the age of 28.

– Devised many important theories such as the Principle of the Pendulum and theories relating to the speed of falling objects.

– He improved on the telescope, leading to many important discoveries about the solar System. He published these findings in The Starry Messenger (1610)

– His study of the solar system led him to agree with the findings of Copernicus regarding the relationship between the sun and the planets. (Heliocentric Model)

– Due to his scientific findings, he was brought before the Roman Inquisition where he had to withdraw his scientific beliefs.

– He was placed under house arrest for the rest of his life, later going blind.

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