Thomas Harriot

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Thomas Harriot (1560-1621) was an English scientist who had made advances in various branches of mathematics such as astronomy and navigation.

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Thomas Harriot was a noteworthy English scientist who many had regarded as the “Tycho Brahe of optics and the English Galileo, his interests were mathematics, philosophy, and religion” (Lynn, 207).

During his time at Oxford, he found an interest in the Latin language, while also finding a love for poetry and ancient Romans. Some say, Thomas Harriot had been “the first person to look at an astronomical body through a telescope, on or before 1609 July 26”, as he worked alongside Galileo. (Chapman 315)

Christopher Marlowe was employed as a scientific advisor to Ralegh’s administration, on the human divine. Marlowe had “shared Harriot’s interests in the alien and exotic: magnates such as Ralegh and Magi as Harriot embodied the restless ambition of Tamburlaine, Faustus, Barabas, and the Guise” (Cheney 92). Harriot had served Sir Walter Ralegh in navigation, cartography, and anthropology, as they traveled to the New World. (Boyer 523).

Harriot had achieved many remarkable feats such as writing the first book in English about visiting America while making several advances in astronomy and navigation (Anderson, 94). Harriot had devoted himself to astronomy and optics and had discovered Snell’s law of refraction before even Snell himself did (Galileo Project).


Author: Dimitri Vlassov

Editor: Mackenzie Pleshaw


Harriot, Thomas