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1609 in science

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1609 in science

The year 1609 in science and technology involved some significant events.



  • July 26 – English scientist Thomas Harriot becomes the first to draw an astronomical object after viewing it through a telescope: he draws a map of the Moon, preceding Galileo by several months.
  • Johannes Kepler publishes Astronomia nova, containing his first two laws of planetary motion.
  • Biology

  • Charles Butler publishes The Feminine Monarchie, or, A Treatise Concerning Bees.
  • Exploration

  • April 4 – Henry Hudson sets out from Amsterdam in the Halve Maen.
  • August 28 – Hudson finds Delaware Bay.
  • September 11–12 – Hudson sails into Upper New York Bay and begins a journey up the Hudson River.
  • Medicine

  • Louise Bourgeois Boursier publishes Diverse Observations on Sterility; Loss of the Ovum after Fecundation, Fecundity and Childbirth; Diseases of Women and of Newborn Infants in Paris, the first book on obstetrics written by a woman.
  • Jacques Guillemeau publishes De l'heureux accouchement des femmes in which he describes a method of assisted breech delivery.
  • Technology

  • Cornelius Drebbel invents the thermostat.
  • Births

  • June 29 – Pierre Paul Riquet, French engineer and canal builder (died 1680)
  • October 8 – John Clarke, English physician (died 1676)
  • Deaths

  • March 26 – John Dee, English alchemist, astrologer and mathematician (born 1527)
  • April 4 – Carolus Clusius, Flemish botanist (born 1525)
  • August 4 - Joseph Duchesne, French physician and alchemist (born c.1544)
  • December – Oswald Croll, German iatrochemist (born c. 1563)
  • André du Laurens, French physician and gerontologist (born 1558)
  • References

    1609 in science Wikipedia

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