Find out more about the greatest 16th Century Mathematicians, including Galileo Galilei, René Déscartes, Nicolaus Copernicus, Johannes Kepler and John Napier.
Galileo GalileiGalileo Galilei
15 February 1564, Italian
Astronomer, Mathematician, Philosopher, Rebel
Nicolaus CopernicusNicolaus Copernicus
19 February 1473, Polish
 

Johannes KeplerJohannes Kepler
27 December 1571, German
Astronomer, Mathematician & Astrologer

John NapierJohn Napier
01 February 1550, Scottish
Inventor of Logarithms

René DéscartesRené Déscartes
31 March 1596, French
Mathematician, Philosopher and Writer

Willebrord SnellWillebrord Snell
13 June 1580, Dutch
Astronomer & Mathematician
John DeeJohn Dee
13 July 1527, British
Philosopher, Mathematician, Astronomer, Writer,

Gerolamo CardanoGerolamo Cardano
24 September 1501, Italian
Philosopher, Mathematician, Astronomer, Inventor,

Thomas HarriotThomas Harriot
1560 AD, British
Mathematician, explorer, astronomer

Simon StevinSimon Stevin
1548 AD, Belgian, Dutch
mathematician, engineer, military personnel
Pierre GassendiPierre Gassendi
22 January 1592, French
Philosopher, Mathematician, Astronomer, Professor,

Marin MersenneMarin Mersenne
08 September 1588, French
Philosopher, Theologian, Mathematician,
Petrus ApianusPetrus Apianus
German
 

Robert RecordeRobert Recorde
1512 AD, Welsh
mathematician, physician, physicist, philosopher

William OughtredWilliam Oughtred
05 March 1575, British
mathematician, inventor, minister
Xu GuangqiXu Guangqi
04 May 1562, Chinese
mathematician, astronomer, writer

Pedro NunesPedro Nunes
 
Gemma FrisiusGemma Frisius
 

Christopher ClaviusChristopher Clavius
German
 

Jost BürgiJost Bürgi
 
Michael StifelMichael Stifel
 

Ludolph van CeulenLudolph van Ceulen
German
 
David GansDavid Gans
German
 

Michael MaestlinMichael Maestlin
German
 

Francesco MaurolicoFrancesco Maurolico
 

Erasmus ReinholdErasmus Reinhold
 
Al-BirjandiAl-Birjandi