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Portrait of Francesco Maurolico (1494-1575)

Unsigned engraving of the Italian mathematician and astronomer Francesco Maurolico (1494-1575), a Benedictine monk who taught at the University of Messina, and was for a time head of the mint in Messina and maintained the city's fortifications on behalf of the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V. In optics, he was the first to correctly explain short- and long-sight due to problems of the ocular lens curving. Having done extensive study in classicial Greek geometry, he corrected earlier editions as well as translated and published many Greek classic mathematicians' works.

ID: 2007-00104
Maurolico, Francesco


Topics: History of Science

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