Abu Rayhan al-Biruni


Birthday September 4, 973

Birth Sign Virgo

Birthplace Uzbekistan

DEATH DATE Dec 13, 1048 (75)

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Persian-Khwarezmian Muslim scholar who made great contributions to mathematics and mapmaking.

Before Fame

He began his studies in childhood. By age 17 he was already a renowned scholar.


He collaborated with a fellow astronomer in another city in noting the time of an eclipse, thereby calculating the difference in latitude between the two cities.

Family Life

His childhood or family were rarely mentioned in accounts of his life.

Associated With

He and Ulugh Beg were both famous scholars of the Middle Ages.