Biographical Encyclopedia of Astronomers

2014 Edition
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Schreck, Johann

Reference work entry

Alternate Names

 Terrentius;  Terrenz, Jean


DiedBeijing, China, 13 March 1630

Swiss Jesuit Johann Schreck was a friend of  Galileo Galilei. He was among the first foreign missionaries hired by the emperor to improve the Chinese calendar. After Schreck’s death, this task passed to fellow Jesuits  Johann Schall von Bell and  Giacomo Rho.

Selected Reference

  1. D’Elia, Pasquale M. (1960). Galileo in China: Relations through the Roman College between Galileo and the Jesuit Scientist-Missionaries (1610–1640), translated by Rufus Suter and Matthew Sciascia. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Earth ScienceUniversity of Northern IowaCedar FallsUSA