Anders Celsius

Astronomer Anders Celsius

Profession: Astronomer


Biography: Founded the Uppsala Astronomical Observatory in 1741, and proposed the Celsius temperature scale which bears his name in 1742.

Born: November 27, 1701
Birthplace: Uppsala, Sweden
Star Sign: Sagittarius

Died: April 25, 1744 (aged 42)
Cause of Death: Tuberculosis

Historical Events

  • 1736-04-20 French mathematician Pierre Louis Maupertuis begins Lapland expedition to measure latitude and shape of the earth, joined by fellow scientists Anders Celsius, Charles Etienne Louis Camus, Alexis Clairaut, and Pierre-Charles Le Monnier
  • 1736-12-03 Astronomer Anders Celsius takes measurements that confirm Newton's theory that the earth was an ellipsoid rather than the previously accepted sphere
  • 1741-12-25 Astronomer Anders Celsius introduces Centigrade temperature scale

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