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Behaim, Martin, mathematician and astronomer, was born at Nurnberg about 1460. He pursued a commercial career until 1480, when he went to Lisbon and became noted as a maker of maps. In 1484-86 he accompanied Diego Cam on a voyage of discovery along the W. coast of Africa, reaching as far as the Congo river. During the years 1491-93 he constructed a terrestrial globe, which is still preserved in Nurnberg. He died in Lisbon, 1507.