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Birthplace: Weil der Stadt, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Death: Died in Regensburg, Upper Palatinate, Bavaria, Germany
Occupation: Meister der Astronomie
Managed by: Wolfgang G. Wettach
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About Johannes Kepler

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Biographical Summary:

"...Johannes Kepler (December 27, 1571 – November 15, 1630) was a German mathematician, astronomer and astrologer. A key figure in the 17th century scientific revolution, he is best known for his eponymous laws of planetary motion, codified by later astronomers, based on his works Astronomia nova, Harmonices Mundi, and Epitome of Copernican Astronomy. These works also provided one of the foundations for Isaac Newton's theory of universal gravitation..."

"...Johannes Kepler was born on December 27, 1571, at the Free Imperial City of Weil der Stadt (now part of the Stuttgart Region in the German state of Baden-Württemberg, 30 km west of Stuttgart's center). His grandfather, Sebald Kepler, had been Lord Mayor of that town but, by the time Johannes was born, he had two brothers and one sister and the Kepler family fortune was in decline. His father, Heinrich Kepler, earned a precarious living as a mercenary, and he left the family when Johannes was five years old. He was believed to have died in the Eighty Years' War in the Netherlands. His mother Katharina Guldenmann, an inn-keeper's daughter, was a healer and herbalist who was later tried for witchcraft. ..."

"...Despite his desire to become a minister, near the end of his studies Kepler was recommended for a position as teacher of mathematics and astronomy at the Protestant school in Graz (later the University of Graz). He accepted the position in April 1594, at the age of 23..."

"...In December 1595, Kepler was introduced to Barbara Müller, a 23-year-old widow (twice over) with a young daughter, Gemma van Dvijneveldt, and he began courting her..."

"...Barbara and Johannes were married on April 27, 1597.

In the first years of their marriage, the Keplers had two children (Heinrich and Susanna), both of whom died in infancy. In 1602, they had a daughter (Susanna); in 1604, a son (Friedrich); and in 1607, another son (Ludwig)..."

"....Also in that year [1611], Barbara Kepler contracted Hungarian spotted fever, then began having seizures. As Barbara was recovering, Kepler's three children all fell sick with smallpox; Friedrich, 6, died..."

"...The University of Padua—on the recommendation of the departing Galileo—sought Kepler to fill the mathematics professorship, but Kepler, preferring to keep his family in German territory, instead traveled to Austria to arrange a position as teacher and district mathematician in Linz. However, Barbara relapsed into illness and died shortly after Kepler's return..."

"...On October 30, 1613, Kepler married the 24-year-old Susanna Reuttinger. Following the death of his first wife Barbara, Kepler had considered 11 different matches. He eventually returned to Reuttinger (the fifth match) who, he wrote, "won me over with love, humble loyalty, economy of household, diligence, and the love she gave the stepchildren." The first three children of this marriage (Margareta Regina, Katharina, and Sebald) died in childhood. Three more survived into adulthood: Cordula (b. 1621); Fridmar (b. 1623); and Hildebert (b. 1625). According to Kepler's biographers, this was a much happier marriage than his first...."

SOURCE: Wikipedia contributors, 'Johannes Kepler', Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 31 August 2011, 05:23 UTC, <http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Johannes_Kepler&oldid=447608099> [accessed 14 September 2011]



      
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Johannes Kepler's Timeline

1571
December 27, 1571
Weil der Stadt, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
1597
April 27, 1597
Age 25
1598
February 2, 1598
Age 26
1599
June 1599
Age 27
1602
July 9, 1602
Age 30
1604
December 5, 1604
Age 32
1607
December 21, 1607
Age 35
1613
October 30, 1613
Age 41
1615
May 1615
Age 43
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1617
Age 45