# Roger Joseph Boscovich (nonfiction)

**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.

## In the News

Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz flattered that his name should be linked to that of "the illustrious Boscovich" by "the reknowned Werner Heisenberg."

Theoretical physicist Werner Heisenberg nicknames Boscovich the "Croatian Leibniz".

## Fiction cross-reference

- Crimes against astronomical constants
- Crimes against mathematical constants
- Crimes against physical constants
- Gnomon algorithm
- Mathematics

## Nonfiction cross-reference

External links:

- Roger Joseph Boscovich @ Wikipedia