- 1. Dates
- Born: Alkmaar, Netherlands, date unknown
- Died: Alkmaar, 1628.
- Dateinfo: Birth Unknown
- Lifespan: N/A
- 2. Father
- Occupation: Engineer
- His father was a cartographer and military engineer.
- Considering his career, he had to be prosperous.
- 3. Nationality
- Birth: Alkmaar, Netherlands
- Career: Netherlands
- Death: Alkmaar, Netherlands
- 4. Education
- Schooling: No University
- Apparently no higher education. He learned lens grinding.
- 5. Religion
- Affiliation: assume Calvinist
- 6. Scientific Disciplines
- Primary: Instrumentation
- 7. Means of Support
- Primary: Instruments
- An instrument-maker in Alkmaar, specializing in grinding lenses.
- 8. Patronage
- Type: None
- 9. Technological Involvement
- Type: Instruments
- He is a co-discover of the telescope; one of the first to bring together a concave and a convex lens in a tube. He applied for a patent in 1608, but could not establish priority over H. Lippershey, who applied a few months previously.
- He made several different inventions, but was extremely secretive about them, and burned all of his instruments before he died.
- 10. Scientific Societies
- Memberships: None
- Bruinvis, "Metius" [in Dutch], Nieuw Nederlandsch Biografisch Woordenboek, 1 (Leiden, 1911), cols. 1328-1329.
- A. Van Helden, The Discovery of the Telescope.
- Compiled by:
- Richard S. Westfall
- Department of History and Philosophy of Science
- Indiana University
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