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Famous People Born in 1550

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 31 Henry I, Duke of Guise, French Catholic leader, born (d. 1588)

Person of interestJohn Napier

Feb 1 John Napier, Scottish mathematician and inventor (logarithms), born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 1617)

Mathematician John Napier
Mathematician
John Napier
  • Apr 12 Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford, Lord Great Chamberlain of England, born in Hedingham Castle, Essex, England (d. 1604)
  • May 25 Camillus de Lellis, Italian Roman Catholic saint (founder of the Ministers of the Sick), born in Bucchianico, Kingdom of Naples (d. 1614)
  • Jun 27 Charles IX [Carl], King of France (1560-74), born in Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France (d. 1574)
  • Jun 28 Johannes van den Driesche, Flemish Hebraist, born in Oudenarde, Flanders, Belgium (d. 1616)
  • Jul 31 Jakob Handl, [Petelin], Austrian composer/bandmaster
  • Aug 16 Carolus Gallus [Karel de Haan], Dutch lawyer, pastor and vicar, born in Arnhem, Netherlands (d. 1606)
  • Sep 10 Alonso Pérez de Guzmán, 7th Duke of Medina Sidonia, Spanish Armada commander, born in Sanlúcar de Barrameda, Cádiz, Spain (d. 1615)
  • Sep 17 Pope Paul V [Camillo Borghese], 233rd pope (1605-21) and persecutor of Galileo, born in Rome (d. 1621)
  • Sep 30 Michael Maestlin, German mathematician (d. 1631)
  • Oct 4 Charles IX, King of Sweden (1604-11), born in Stockholm Castle, Sweden (d. 1611)
  • Oct 15 Henry, earl of Nassau-Dillenburg and brother of William of Orange
  • Nov 6 Karin Månsdotter, Queen of Sweden, born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 1612)
  • Dec 6 Orazio Tiberio Vecchi, Italian composer, born in Modena, Italy (d. 1605)
  • Dec 22 Cesare Cremonini, Italian professor of natural philosophy, born in Cento, Papal States (d. 1631)