Biographical Encyclopedia of Astronomers

2014 Edition
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Apian, Philipp

Reference work entry

BornIngolstadt (Bavaria, Germany), 14 September 1531

DiedTübingen (Baden-Württemberg, Germany), 12 November 1589

Philipp Apian received his early education from his father, the astronomer Peter Apian. He made rapid progress and took a particular interest in mathematics. He spent just a short time at the University of Ingolstadt and in 1547 went to live with his uncle Georg, the municipal official responsible for weights and measures. In 1549, Philipp Apian moved to Strassburg, where he entered into contact with Johann Sturm, then moved on to Paris and, in 1552, returned to Ingolstadt, shortly before the death of his father.

As a 20-year-old, Philipp Apian was appointed professor of Mathematics as his father’s successor, only about 2 months after the latter’s death. Apian devoted himself to the teaching profession with a great deal of energy and great success. It was said of him that he was a highly gifted teacher and attracted a great number of students.

In addition, in 1554 Apian...

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Translated by Storm Dunlop.

Selected References

  1. Apian, Philipp (1586). De utilitate trientis, instrumenti astronomici novi. libellus. Tübingen.Google Scholar
  2. Bairische Landtaflen. XXIII. Darinnen das Hochlöblich Furstenthumb Obern vnnd Nidern Bayrn/sambt der Obern Pfaltz/Ertz vnnd Stifft Saltzburg/Eichstedt/vnnd andern mehrern anstossenden Herschafften/mit vleiβ beschriben/vnd in druck gegeben (1568). Ingolstadt.Google Scholar
  3. Günther, Siegmund (1882). Peter und Philipp Apian, zwei deutsche Mathematiker u. Kartographen. Prague.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Universität LandauLandau in der PfalzGermany