Johannes Kepler

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NameJohannes Kepler
Born27 December 1571, Free Imperial City of Weil der Stadt, Holy Roman Empire
Died15 November 1630 (aged 58), Free Imperial City of Regensburg, Holy Roman Empire
EducationTübinger Stift, University of Tübingen (M.A., 1591)
Known forKepler’s laws of planetary motion, Kepler conjecture, Rudolphine Tables
Scientific careerFields: Astronomy, astrology, mathematics, natural philosophy; Doctoral advisor: Michael Maestlin
Major WorksAstronomia nova, Harmonice Mundi, Epitome Astronomiae Copernicanae, Astronomiae pars optica
InventionsKeplerian telescope (improved version of the refracting telescope)
Positions HeldMathematics teacher at seminary school in Graz, assistant to Tycho Brahe in Prague, imperial mathematician to Emperor Rudolf II, taught mathematics in Linz, adviser to General Wallenstein
ContributionsFundamental work in optics, considered the father of modern optics, improved telescope designs
LegacyKey figure in the Scientific Revolution, one of the founders of modern astronomy, scientific method, natural and modern science; influenced Isaac Newton’s theory of universal gravitation
Other InterestsWrote on music, described as the “father of science fiction” for his novel Somnium
Philosophical ViewsIncorporated religious arguments into his work, motivated by the belief that God created the world according to an intelligible plan; described his astronomy as “celestial physics” and transformed physical cosmology by integrating it with mathematical physics.

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