 Born in Montbeliard, Burgundy. He went to Caroline University and studied administrative, juridical, and economic sciences in 1784. Also studied anatomy.
 Finished his studies in 1788 and went to work as a tutor for a French family.
 Moved to Paris in 1795 and was invited by a French naturalist Etienne Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire to work at the Museum of Natural History. He immediately became professor of zoology and assistant professor of animal anatomy.
 Cuvier advanced
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eclipse of the moon) of the star Aldebaran on March 9, 1497.
 In 1500, Copernicus was lecturing on astronomy in Rome. The next year he went to Padua, the university where Galileo taught a century later and studied medicine.
 Returned to Poland and published his first book while writing many others.
 Founded the idea that the earth was not the center of the universe.
 Most major thinkers in England, France, the Netherlands, and Denmark were Copernicans.
 Died in 1543.