of Schickards letter sent to Kepler in February 25, 1624:
Wilhelm Schickard was educated at the University of Tübingen. After receiving his first degree, B.A. in 1609 and M.A. in 1611, he continued to study theology and oriental languages at Tübingen until 1613.
In 1613 he became a Lutheran minister at towns around Tübingen. He continued this work with the church until 1619 when he was appointed professor of Hebrew at the University of Tübingen. Schickard was a universal scientist and taught biblical languages such as Aramaic as well as Hebrew at Tübingen.
In 1631 he had rather a change of subject being appointed professor of astronomy at the University of Tübingen.
His research was broad and included astronomy, mathematics and surveying. He invented many machines like one to calculate astronomical dates and one for Hebrew grammar.
He also made significant advances in mapmaking, showing how to produce maps which were far more accurate than those which were currently available.
Among his other skills, Schickard was renowned as an engraver both in wood and in copperplate. Schickard died of the plague either on the day given or, possibly, one day earlier.
Honors and awards
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Footnotes & References
|1||René Taton & Jean Paul Flad, "Le Calcul Mécanique. Que Sais-je?" Presses Universitaires de France, Paris, 1963.|
|2||Franz Hammer, "Litterae ad Keplerum", 1936|
|3||M.G. Hansch, "Epistolae ad Johanem Keplerum scriptae" Leipzig, 1718.|
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