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Famous and Notable Jesuit Scientists
Tommaso Ceva
(1648 – 1737), Italian Jesuit mathematician and poet: His
Opuscula Mathematica
which was published in 1699 dealt with geometry, gravity and arithmetics.
François d'Aguilon
(1567  1617), Belgian Jesuit mathematician, physicist and architect: wrote a book containing the principles of the stereographic and the orthographic projections, and it inspired the works of Desargues and Christiaan Huygens.
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
(1881  1955), French Jesuit paleontologist and geologist: took part in the discovery of both Piltdown Man and Peking Man.
Christopher Clavius
(1538 – 1612), German Jesuit mathematician and astronomer: the main architect of the modern Gregorian calendar.
Jean Charles de La Faille
(1597  1652), Flemish Jesuit mathematician: In his most famous book
Theoremata de centro gravitatis partium circuli et ellipsis
(1632) he determined the centre of gravity of the sector of a circle, for the first time.
Christoph Grienberger
(1561  1636), Austrian Jesuit astronomer: published a book about starcharts and a set of trigonometric tables; the crater Gruemberger on the Moon is named after him.
Athanasius Kircher
(1601  1680), German Jesuit scholar: In his
Scrutinium Pestis
of 1658 he noted the presence of "little worms" or "animalcules" in the blood, and concluded that disease was caused by microorganisms.
Vincenzo Riccati
(1707  1775), Italian mathematician and physicist: his main intersts included differential equations and physics. The Riccati equation is named after his father.
Matteo Ricci
(1552  1610), Italian Jesuit priest, and one of the founding figures of the Jesuit China Mission, as it existed in the 17th18th centuries. Wrote a few books in chinese, among them one that introduced the logical construction in Euclid's
Elements
for the first time.
Giovanni Girolamo Saccheri
(1667  1733), Italian Jesuit priest, scholastic philosopher, and mathematician: was perhaps the first European to write about NonEuclidean geometry.
Pietro Angelo Secchi
(1818  1878), Italian astronomer: discovered the existence of solar spicules (dynamic jet of about 500 km diameter in the chromosphere of the Sun) and drew an early map of Mars.
André Tacquet
(1612  1660), Flemish mathematician and Jesuit Priest: His work prepared ground for the eventual discovery of the calculus.
Ignace Pardies
(1636 1673), French: influenced Newton's theory of colors.
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