February 15, 1564, Pisa – January 8, 1642
Galileo Galilei was an Italian physicist, mathematician, astronomer, and philosopher who played a major role in the Scientific Revolution. His achievements include improvements to the telescope and consequent astronomical observations and support for Copernicanism. Galileo has been called the father of modern observational astronomy, the father of modern physics, the father of science, and the Father of Modern Science.
Galileo Galilei – in a nutshell
Photo: Portrait of Galileo Galilei by Giusto Sustermans