Roger Joseph Boscovich (nonfiction)

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Roger Boscovich.
Roger Joseph Boscovich (Croatian: Ruđer Josip Bošković, pronounced [rûd͡ʑer jǒsip bôʃkoʋit͡ɕ], Italian: Ruggiero Giuseppe Boscovich; 18 May 1711 – 13 February 1787) was a Ragusan polymath from the city of Dubrovnik (modern-day Croatia): physicist, astronomer, mathematician, philosopher, diplomat, poet, theologian, and Jesuit priest.

He studied and lived in Italy and France, where he also published many of his works.

He was nicknamed the Croatian Leibniz by Werner Heisenberg.

He produced a precursor of atomic theory and made many contributions to astronomy, including the first geometric procedure for determining the equator of a rotating planet from three observations of a surface feature and for computing the orbit of a planet from three observations of its position.

In 1753 he also discovered the absence of atmosphere on the Moon.

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