Famous 16th Century Scientists
Find out more about the greatest 16th Century Scientists, including Galileo Galilei, René Déscartes, Nicolaus Copernicus, Johannes Kepler and Tycho Brahe.
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

Tycho BraheTycho Brahe
14 December 1546, Danish
Astronomer

John NapierJohn Napier
01 February 1550, Scottish
Inventor of Logarithms

William GilbertWilliam Gilbert
24 May 1544, British
Astronomer, Physicist and Physician
René DéscartesRené Déscartes
31 March 1596, French
Mathematician, Philosopher and Writer

Willebrord SnellWillebrord Snell
13 June 1580, Dutch
Astronomer & Mathematician

Giordano BrunoGiordano Bruno
1548 AD, Italian
Philosopher

John DeeJohn Dee
13 July 1527, British
Philosopher, Mathematician, Astronomer, Writer,
Gerolamo CardanoGerolamo Cardano
24 September 1501, Italian
Philosopher, Mathematician, Astronomer, Inventor,

Matteo RicciMatteo Ricci
06 October 1552, Italian
explorer, cartographer, writer, missionary,
John Amos ComeniusJohn Amos Comenius
28 March 1592, Czech
Writer, Linguist, Presbyter, Theologian,

Simon StevinSimon Stevin
1548 AD, Belgian, Dutch
mathematician, engineer, military personnel

Thomas HarriotThomas Harriot
1560 AD, British
Mathematician, explorer, astronomer
Pierre GassendiPierre Gassendi
22 January 1592, French
Philosopher, Mathematician, Astronomer, Professor,

Henry Percy, 9th Earl of NorthumberlandHenry Percy, 9th Earl of Northumberland
 
Jan Baptist van HelmontJan Baptist van Helmont
12 January 1579, Belgian
chemist, scientist

Marin MersenneMarin Mersenne
08 September 1588, French
Philosopher, Theologian, Mathematician,

Conrad GessnerConrad Gessner
26 March 1516, Swiss
Linguist, Zoologist, Mountaineer, Physician,
Petrus ApianusPetrus Apianus
German
 

Mikael AgricolaMikael Agricola
1509 AD, Finnish
linguist, priest, translator, theologian
Robert RecordeRobert Recorde
1512 AD, Welsh
mathematician, physician, physicist, philosopher

Philipp MelanchthonPhilipp Melanchthon
16 February 1497, German
 

William OughtredWilliam Oughtred
05 March 1575, British
mathematician, inventor, minister

Xu GuangqiXu Guangqi
04 May 1562, Chinese
mathematician, astronomer, writer
Giambattista della PortaGiambattista della Porta
1535 AD, Italian
cryptographer, mathematician, physicist, artist,
Gabriele FalloppioGabriele Falloppio
1523 AD, Italian
surgeon, university teacher, physician

Pedro NunesPedro Nunes
 

Gemma FrisiusGemma Frisius
 

Christopher ClaviusChristopher Clavius
German
 
Simon MariusSimon Marius
German
 

Abraham ZacutoAbraham Zacuto
 

Thomas DiggesThomas Digges
 

Johann BayerJohann Bayer
German
 

Continue Reading Below
Oronce FinéOronce Finé
French
 
Jost BürgiJost Bürgi
 

Michael StifelMichael Stifel
 
Sophia BraheSophia Brahe
 

Ludolph van CeulenLudolph van Ceulen
German
 

David GansDavid Gans
German
 
Aloysius LiliusAloysius Lilius
Italian
 

Michael MaestlinMichael Maestlin
German
 
Francesco MaurolicoFrancesco Maurolico
 

Erasmus ReinholdErasmus Reinhold
 

Al-BirjandiAl-Birjandi