Find out more about the greatest 16th Century Mathematicians, including Galileo Galilei, René Déscartes, Nicolaus Copernicus, Johannes Kepler and John Napier.
Nicolaus CopernicusNicolaus Copernicus
19 February 1473, Polish
 
Johannes KeplerJohannes Kepler
27 December 1571, German
Astronomer, Mathematician & Astrologer

John DeeJohn Dee
13 July 1527, British
Mathematician, Philosopher

John NapierJohn Napier
01 February 1550, Scottish
Inventor of Logarithms

Willebrord SnellWillebrord Snell
13 June 1580, Dutch
Astronomer & Mathematician

René DéscartesRené Déscartes
31 March 1596, French
Mathematician, Philosopher and Writer
Gerolamo CardanoGerolamo Cardano
24 September 1501, Italian
Polymath

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

Robert FluddRobert Fludd
17 January 1574, British
Physician
Simon StevinSimon Stevin
1548 AD, Belgian, Dutch
mathematician, engineer, military personnel

Marin MersenneMarin Mersenne
08 September 1588, French
Philosopher, Theologian, Mathematician,
Pierre GassendiPierre Gassendi
22 January 1592, French
Philosopher, Mathematician, Astronomer, Professor,

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

Xu GuangqiXu Guangqi
04 May 1562, Chinese
mathematician, astronomer, writer

Niccolò Fontana TartagliaNiccolò Fontana Tartaglia
1499 AD, Italian
Mathematician

William OughtredWilliam Oughtred
05 March 1575, British
mathematician, inventor, minister
Petrus RamusPetrus Ramus
1515 AD, French
Philosopher

Gemma FrisiusGemma Frisius
09 December 1508, Dutch
Physician

Edmund GunterEdmund Gunter
1581 AD, British
Mathematician

Christopher ClaviusChristopher Clavius
25 March 1538, German
Mathematician
Pedro NunesPedro Nunes
1502 AD, Portuguese
Mathematician

Pierre VernierPierre Vernier
19 August 1580, French
Mathematician
Thomas DiggesThomas Digges
1546 AD, British
Mathematician

Georg Joachim RheticusGeorg Joachim Rheticus
16 February 1514, Austrian
Mathematician

Petrus ApianusPetrus Apianus
German
 
Girard DesarguesGirard Desargues
21 February 1591, French
Mathematician

Jost BürgiJost Bürgi
 
Juan de HerreraJuan de Herrera
1530 AD, Spanish
Architect

Michael StifelMichael Stifel
1487 AD, German
Monk

Scipione del FerroScipione del Ferro
06 February 1465, Italian
Mathematician
Ludolph van CeulenLudolph van Ceulen
German
 

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Aloysius LiliusAloysius Lilius
1510 AD, Italian
Astronomer
Michael MaestlinMichael Maestlin
30 September 1550, German
Astronomer

Francesco MaurolicoFrancesco Maurolico
 

Al-BirjandiAl-Birjandi
 

Erasmus ReinholdErasmus Reinhold
 
Georg StiernhielmGeorg Stiernhielm
07 August 1598, Swedish
Civil servant
Jacques BessonJacques Besson
1540 AD, French
Inventor

Joost BürgiJoost Bürgi
28 February 1552, Swiss
Mathematician

Henry BriggsHenry Briggs
01 February 1561, British
Mathematician

John BainbridgeJohn Bainbridge
1582 AD, British
Astronomer
Jacques PeletierJacques Peletier
25 July 1517, French
Poet

Philipp Nikodemus FrischlinPhilipp Nikodemus Frischlin
22 September 1547, German
Poet

Zhi zao LiZhi zao Li
1565 AD, Chinese
Mathematician