Johannes Fabricius

Fabricius, Johannes


Born Jan. 8, 1587, in Resterhave, Friesland; died circa 1615. German astronomer. Son of D. Fabricius.

J. Fabricius was one of the first users of the telescope for astronomical observations. He discovered sunspots at the same time as but independently of Galileo and C. Scheiner. He published the results of his observations in the work De maculis in sole observatis (On Sunspots; 1611).

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Ziegenbalg went on to write other works in German explaining Hinduism to Europeans, notably Malabarisches Heidenthum (1711) and Genealogia der malabarischen Gotter (1713), and, in Tamil, works of apologetics and a translation of the Bible, unfinished at his death in 1719, revised (and superseded) by the translation of Johannes Fabricius.
Sunspots observed by Johannes Fabricius on February 27 and by Christopher Scheiner in November.
In spite of its limitations, this book is based on admirable archival work, especially in personal records and diaries; it well complements other recent studies of disease in the early modern period, such as those by Greg Bentley and Johannes Fabricius on syphilis.