Galileo Galilei was
an Italian mathematician,
physicist, inventor and
astronomer. Born in Pisa, Italy
the 15th of February,
1564, When Galileo Galilei was 8,
his family moved to Florence, but he was
left with Jacopo Borghini for two years.
He then was educated in the Camaldolese
Monastery at Vallombrosa, 35 km
southeast of Florence.
Galileo studied and invented many
things society now takes for granted.
Galileo has been called the
"father of modern observational
astronomy", the "father of modern
"father of science", and "the
Though he never received a college
degree, he was granted teaching
positions at multiple universities after
making many scientific discoveries. He
fashioned one of the first
telescopes in order to see the
moon and faraway unknown planets.
His studies of space led him to
believe that the Earth revolves around
the Sun, contradicting the theory
condoned by the Catholic Church that the
Earth was the center of the universe.
Even though he was brought before the
pope on multiple occasions to account
for his disregard of the Bible's
teachings, he continued writing,
discovering and teaching things that
would help to eventually prove his
theory. His studies of space also
helped to create a consistent yearly
calendar in the 1600s.
there are only two of the telescopes
made by Galileo left in existence. They
are cycled through museums all over the
world in exhibits on astronomy.