Ole Romer


Birthday September 25, 1644

Birth Sign Libra

Birthplace Denmark

DEATH DATE Sep 19, 1710 (65)

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Danish astronomer who made the first quantitative measurements of the speed of light in 1676.

Before Fame

He graduated from the Cathedral school of Aarhus in 1662 and then attended the University of Copenhagen.


He was made the Second Chief of the Copenhagen Police in 1705 and remained in the position until his death in 1710.

Family Life

He was born to merchant and skipper Christen Pedersen and Anna Olufsdatter Storm.

Associated With

He learned mathematics and astronomy using Tycho Brahe's astronomical observations.