Biography of Nicolas Copernicus


Copernicus, Nicolas. Founder of the modern system of astronomy. Copernicus was born in 1473 at Thorn, Prussia. Studied at Cracow and Bologna, and became professor of mathematics at Rome. Obtaining a canonry in the chapter of Frauenburg, Copernicus there wrote his work in Latin, "On the Revolution of the Celestial Orbs," which he deferred publishing until a little before his death in 1543, aware of the opposition it would arouse.