Nicolaus Copernicus Nicolaus Copernicus was born in 1473 in Poland to a family of merchants and municipal officals. Copernicus later moved in with his uncle Bishop Lukasz Watzenrode. Nicolaus obtained a better education while living with his uncle. Copernicus entered Jagullonian University in 1491. He studied the liberial arts for four years without recieving a degree.
He then went to Italy to study medicine and law. In 1497 Copernicus began to study canon law at the University of Bologna. On 1500 Copernicus lectured on astronomy in Rome. The following year he gained prmission to study medicine at Padua. Copernicus,without completing his medical studies,recieved a doctrine in canon law from Ferrara in 1503. In 1510 Copernicus published his first book,a Latin translation of letters on morals written by 7th century Byzantine writers. Between 1507 and 1515 he completed a short astromical treatise.
It was not published until the 19th century . Copernicus took part in the Fifth Laterian Council commission on calendar reform in 1515. Then he began his major work when he published a book on the Revolution of Celestial Spheres,Which was finished in1530. Just before Copernicuss death in1543. Cosmology was replaced by the Copernican theory in which he stated that the Earth rotates daily on its axis and revolves yearly around the sun.
Copernicus argued and said that the planets orbit around the sun to. The Copernican Theory also stated that the bigger the diameter of the planet the longer it takes to orbit around the sun.Their were ten Copernicuss between 1543 and 1600. They all supported this theory. Nicolaus Copernicus died in 1543.