Nicolaus Copernicus

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Nicolaus Copernicus (Mikołaj Kopernik, Nikolaus Kopernikus) was a Catholic canon, astronomer, philosopher of nature, economist, medical doctor, canon lawyer, mathematician, and translator. He was born on February 19, 1473 in Toruń (Thorn), a Hanseatic town in Royal Prussia (a part of the Polish Kingdom). He died between 7–21 of May, 1543 (the exact date is debatable), in Frombork (Frauenburg), a town in Warmia of Royal Prussia (the Warmia district had a political status of a bishopric duchy with a certain autonomy from Royal Prussia).

Between 1491 and 1495 he studied at the Faculty of the Arts at Jagiellonian University in Kraków, during the golden age of that university’s department of astronomy. However, he dropped out before his final exams to avoid submitting himself to the

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Citation: Kokowski, Michal. "Nicolaus Copernicus". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 08 April 2011 [, accessed 14 July 2024.]

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