Ruđer Bošković

Mathematician, Astronomer

1711 – 1787

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Who was Ruđer Bošković?

Roger Joseph Boscovich was a physicist, astronomer, mathematician, philosopher, diplomat, poet, theologian, Jesuit priest, and a polymath from the city of Dubrovnik in the Republic of Ragusa, who studied and lived in Italy and France where he also published many of his works.

He produced a precursor of atomic theory and made many contributions to astronomy, including the first geometric procedure for determining the equator of a rotating planet from three observations of a surface feature and for computing the orbit of a planet from three observations of its position. In 1753 he also discovered the absence of atmosphere on the Moon.

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Born
May 18, 1711
Dubrovnik
Also known as
  • Ruggero Giuseppe Boscovich
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Siblings
Religion
  • Catholicism
Nationality
  • Italy
Profession
Education
  • Pontifical Gregorian University
Lived in
  • Milan
  • Dubrovnik
Died
Feb 13, 1787
Milan

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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