Two-century hunt for tomb of astronomer Copernicus is over

From AFP: Two-century hunt for tomb of astrologer (sic) Copernicus is over.

Studies on two strands of hair and a tooth have ended a centuries old hunt for the tomb Nicolas Copernicus, the 16th century astronomer who shocked the world by declaring that the Earth was not the centre of the Universe, experts said Thursday.

The tests confirmed that remains found in Frombork Cathedral in northern Poland in 2005 are those of the man considered the father of modern astronomy, Polish archaeologist Jerzy Gassowski said.

Born in Torun, northern Poland, in 1473 the mathematician and clergyman is celebrated for his heliocentric theory of the universe which puts the Sun, rather than the Earth, at its centre.

Scientists compared genetic material from two strands of hair found in Calendarium Romanum Magnum, a book by Johannes Stoeffler published in 1518 and owned by Copernicus for many years, to a tooth from the skull found in Frombork. [continue, see images].

One thought on “Two-century hunt for tomb of astronomer Copernicus is over

  1. “Astrologer” is a bit harsh, surely. He may well have been one, the distinction was less clear in those days, but he’s remembered for his astronomy.

    Or does the word mean something different in French, given that it’s an AFP report?

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