Anders Celsius

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Birthday
27, 1701
Birthplace
Uppsala, Sweden
Death Date
Apr 25, 1744 (42)
Birth Sign
Sagittarius
Birthday
27, 1701
Birthplace
Uppsala, Sweden
Death Date
Apr 25, 1744 (42)

About

Swedish astronomer who developed the idea behind the temperature scale that was named after him. He founded the Uppsala Astronomical Observatory in 1741.

Before Fame

He became the first to posit a direct correlation between the Earth's changing magnetic fields and the aurora borealis.

Trivia

His first name for the temperature scale was centigrade, which comes from the Latin for hundred steps.

Family Life

His father, Nils Celsius, was an astronomy professor, and his grandfather, Magnus Celsius, was a mathematician.

Associated With

He participated in a French scientific expedition, which confirmed Isaac Newton's theory that the Earth flattened out around the poles.