|Born||12 January 1577
|Died||November 1652 (aged 75)
|Parent(s)||Bernardino Stelluti and Lucrezia Corradini|
Francesco Stelluti (12 January 1577 – November 1652) was an Italian polymath who worked in the fields of mathematics, microscopy, literature, and astronomy. Along with Federico Cesi, Anastasio de Filiis and Johannes Van Heeck, he founded the Accademia dei Lincei in August 1603. In 1625, he published the first accounts of observations using a microscope (specifically, the optical microscope), and his Persio tradotto in verso sciolto e dichiarato ("[Works of Aulus] Persius [Flaccus] translated into light verse and annotated [lit. 'declared' in the sense of 'remarked/commented upon']"), published in Rome in 1630, is the first book published in codex form to contain images of organisms viewed through the microscope.
Subsequently, in 1637 he published a work on fossilised wood, apparently also with the aid of magnifying instruments.
Honors and awards
- Co-founder of the Accademia dei Lincei in 1603
- Keller, A. G. (1970), "Stelluti, Francesco", in Gillispie, Charles Coulston, Dictionary of Scientific Biography, 13, New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, pp. 29–30
- Norman, Jeremy. "The First Book to Contain Images of Organisms Viewed through the Microscope (1630)". History of Knowledge. Retrieved 2014-12-02.
- Grens Kerry, Apiarium, 1625, The Scientist
- Stelluti, Francesco. Trattato del legno fossile minerale nuouamente scoperto. 1637. 
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