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Copernicus, Nicholas (1473–1543)

  1. Alvin J. Schmidt

Published Online: 25 NOV 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470670606.wbecc0352

The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization

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Schmidt, A. J. 2011. Copernicus, Nicholas (1473–1543). The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization. .

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 25 NOV 2011


Nicholas Copernicus, astronomer, was born on February 19, 1473, and died on May 24, 1543. Current history books commonly say he was Polish, but before Germany fell out of favor with American historians after World War I he was called a German, a view supported by John Draper in his book The Intellectual Development of Europe (1986).


  • Copernicus, Nicholas (1473–1543);
  • astronomer;
  • the poles, calling this town torun;
  • canon in the Frauenberg Cathedral;
  • copernicus' theory, revolutionary;
  • copernicus, being a catholic