Portrait of Galileo Galilei 1636 by Justus Sustermans. On display at National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London. This is a public domain work of art.
The Galileo Affair
On 15 February 15641 Galileo Galilei was born in Pisa, Duchy of Florence, Italy. In his early years, Galileo considered becoming a priest. However, his father persuaded him to study medicine. While at school he studied many subjects and later become a mathematician, physicist, astronomer and philosopher. His contributions the field of astronomy were revolutionary for his day. He discovered the phases of Venus, the four large satellites of Jupiter, now named in his honor as the Galilean moons, and his work on Sunspots. Galileo also worked to improve compasses. A devout Christian, he died on the 8th of January, 1642.
However, today Galileo is known less for this contributions to science and known more as a poster child for what is called...