- Metius , Jacobus
- (1580–1628) Dutch instrument makerMetius was born at Alkmaar in the Netherlands; together with Hans Lippershey and Zacharias Janssen, he is credited with the invention of the telescope. His father was a cartographer while his brother, Adriaen, was an astronomer and mathematician who had worked with Tycho Brahe at Hven and had taught the famous mathematician and philosopher René Descartes.Metius put in a claim for a patent for his ‘perspicilla’ (telescope) in October 1608, but he was beaten to it by Lippershey who had put in a similar claim just two weeks earlier.
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