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date: 05 April 2020

Brahe, Tycholocked

(b Knudstorp Manor, Scania, Dec 14, 1546; d Prague, Oct 24, 1601).
  • Hugo Johannsen

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(b Knudstorp Manor, Scania, Dec 14, 1546; d Prague, Oct 24, 1601).

Danish astronomer and patron, active in Bohemia. He came from an old noble family and became known throughout Europe for his book De nova stella (1573), which overturned traditional theories on astronomy and cosmology. In order to secure Brahe’s services, in 1576 Frederick II, King of Denmark and Norway, granted him for life the island of Hven, in the sound between Denmark and Sweden, and funds to erect a dwelling there; on 8 August 1576 the foundations of Uraniborg were laid. In addition to housing Brahe and his family, guests and assistants, it served as an observatory, chemical laboratory and museum. Just south of the site a new semi-underground observatory, Stjerneborg, was built c. 1584. For 20 years Brahe led a research institute that was not only visited by other scholars but also by such dignitaries as James VI, King of Scotland (later James I, King of England), in ...

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Dansk biografisk leksikon (Copenhagen, 1887–1905, rev. 2/1933–)