Omar Khayyam

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Birthday
18, 1048
Birthplace
Iran
Death Date
Dec 4, 1131 (83)
Birth Sign
Taurus
Birthday
18, 1048
Birthplace
Iran
Death Date
Dec 4, 1131 (83)

About

A medieval Iranian poet, mathematician, philosopher, and astronomer, he is best known for his rubaiyat (poetry quatrains). He is also famous for his groundbreaking Treatise on Demonstration of Problems of Algebra.

Before Fame

He taught astronomy and mathematics and, at one point, worked as an astrologer in the royal court.

Trivia

He used his knowledge of astronomy to reform the Persian calendar.

Family Life

He was born in Northern Iran to a family of tent-makers.

Associated With

Edward Fitzgerald translated Khayyam's poetry into English.