Christiaan Huygens

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Christiaan Huygens (1629-1695) was a Dutch mathematician, physicist, and astronomer. A leading figure of the Scientific Revolution, Huygens combined research into mathematical-based theories, such as the movement of light waves, with practical projects, like building superior telescopes and watches using balance springs. Huygens is credited with building the first working pendulum clock and first identifying the rings of Saturn.

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  • 1629 - 1695
    Life of the Dutch mathematician, physicist, and astronomer Christiaan Huygens.
  • 14 Apr 1629
    Christiaan Huygens is born in The Hague, the Netherlands.
  • 1645
    Christiaan Huygens joins the University of Leiden to study law and mathematics.
  • 1657
    Christiaan Huygens makes the first working example of a pendulum clock.
  • 1657
    Christiaan Huygens publishes his Horologium.
  • 1658
    Christiaan Huygens presents his disocvery of Saturn's rings and the moon of Titan.
  • 1663
    Christiaan Huygens is made a fellow of the Royal Society in London.
  • 1666
    Christiaan Huygens is made a fellow of the Royal Academy of Sciences in Paris.
  • 1673
    Christiaan Huygens publishes his Horologium Oscillatorium.
  • 23 Jan 1675
    Christiaan Huygens creates the first working example of a chronometer using balance spring.
  • 1684
    Christiaan Huygens publishes his Astroscopia Compendiaria.
  • 1686
    Chrsitiaan Huygens builds an aerial telescope.
  • 1690
    Christiaan Huygens publishes his Treatise on Light.
  • 1690
    Christiaan Huygens publishes his Discourse on the Course of Gravity.
  • 1690
    Christiaan Huygens publishes his wave theory of light.
  • 8 Jul 1695
    Christiaan Huygens dies in The Hague.
  • 1698
    Christiaan Huygens publishes his Kosmotheoros or The Celestial Worlds Discovered.
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