Johann Hommel

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Johann Hommel (also Homelius, Hummelius, Homilius, Hummel; 2 February 1518, Memmingen – 4 July 1562, Leipzig) was a German astronomer and mathematician.

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Hommel was appointed professor of mathematics at the University of Leipzig in 1551.

In 1552 or 1553, Richard Cantzlar introduced transversal dot lines in graduations. It was a variant of the zigzag line system introduced by Hommel. Tycho Brahe obtained the zigzag line system from Hommel.

The lunar crater Hommel is named after him.

Sources[edit]

  • Johann Daniel Schulze, Abriß einer Geschichte der Leipziger Universität, Hinrichs, 1810, p. 48.
  • Kevin Krisciunas (1999), "Observatories"

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