Zacharias Janssen

Inventor

1580 – 1638

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Who was Zacharias Janssen?

Zacharias Janssen was a Dutch spectacle-maker from Middelburg associated with the invention of the first optical telescope. Janssen is sometimes also credited for inventing the first truly compound microscope. However, the origin of the microscope, just like the origin of the telescope, is a matter of debate.

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Born
1580
The Hague
Also known as
  • Zacharias Janszoon
  • Sacharias Jansen
Parents
Nationality
  • Netherlands
Profession
Died
1638

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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