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1048 – He was born on the 31st day of May this year in Iran, Persia. He spent his childhood in the town of Balhi, studying there and being tutored by Sheik Muhammad Mansuri, one of the most well known scholars of the time.   1070 – He wrote his greatest work on algebra. In ..

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1758 – Born on the 11th of October. 1780 – He began practicing medicine in Bremen, Germany.        – He devised the first satisfactory method of calculating cometary orbits. 1802 – He discovered and named the Asteroid Pallas. 1807 – He discovered the asteroid Vesta, which he allowed Carl Friedrich Gauss to name. 1811 – ..

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1818 – Born on August 1st in Nantucket, Massachussetts. The first professional woman astronomer in the United States. 1936 – She worked as a librarian in the Nantucket Atheneum during the day (often acting as an informal teacher) and became a regular observer of the skies at night. 1847 – In October, Mitchell succeeded in ..

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1571 – Born on December 27th in Weil der Stadt, Baden-Württemberg, Germany. A German astronomer and mathematician who discovered Kepler’s Three Laws of Planetary Motion (first law stating that planetary orbits are ellipses with sun at one focus. 1577 – Studied at Leonberg — the year, as he himself tells us, of a great comet; ..

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1638 – James Gregory born in November at at Drumoak, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. He was a Scottish mathematician and astronomer. He was successively professor at the University of St Andrews and the University of Edinburgh. 1663 –  He published his Optica Promota, in which the compact reflecting telescope known by his name, the Gregorian telescope, is ..

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