Nicolaus Copernicus

(2142 words)

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 o…

Please log in to consult the article in its entirety. If you are a member (student of staff) of a subscribing institution (see List), you should be able to access the LE on campus directly (without the need to log in), and off-campus either via the institutional log in we offer, or via your institution's remote access facilities, or by creating a personal user account with your institutional email address. If you are not a member of a subscribing institution, you will need to purchase a personal subscription. For more information on how to subscribe as an individual user, please see under Individual Subcriptions.

Kokowski, Michal. "Nicolaus Copernicus". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 08 April 2011
[, accessed 29 September 2016.]

Related Groups

  1. Renaissance and Humanism