Gemma Frisius

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Birthday
9, 1508
Birthplace
Netherlands
Death Date
May 25, 1555 (46)
Birth Sign
Sagittarius
Birthday
9, 1508
Birthplace
Netherlands
Death Date
May 25, 1555 (46)

About

Dutch mathematician and cartographer known for applying mathematics to global surveying and navigation. He is credited with the invention of the cross-staff, the astrolabe, and astronomical rings.

Before Fame

He studied at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and later joined the faculty at the University.

Trivia

He began producing globes and mathematical instruments while he was a student.

Family Life

After his death, his son, Cornelius Gemma, edited volumes of his work and continued his research.

Associated With

He was a contemporary of Tycho Brahe, who was impressed with the quality of his instruments.

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