Biographical Encyclopedia of Astronomers

2014 Edition
| Editors: Thomas Hockey, Virginia Trimble, Thomas R. Williams, Katherine Bracher, Richard A. Jarrell, Jordan D. MarchéII, JoAnn Palmeri, Daniel W. E. Green

Suárez, Buenaventura

  • Thomas Hockey
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BornSanta Fe, Argentina, 3 September 1678

DiedParaguay, 24 August 1750

The first native-born astronomer in the Western Hemisphere was Father Buenaventura Suárez, S. J. Assisted by Guarani Indians, Suárez constructed the telescopes for his mission observatory himself (including the grinding of lenses from native crystal) in the 1730s. His Southern Hemispheric observations included those of eclipses, comets, and occultations of Galilean satellites. Late in life, the Jesuits equipped Suárez with European-made telescopes. He wrote an almanac published in Spain and corresponded with  Anders Celsius,  Joseph Delisle, and other Old World astronomers.

Selected Reference

  1. Toche-Boggino, Alexis (2000). “Buenaventura Suárez: The Pioneer Astronomer of Paraguay.” Journal of Astronomical History and Heritage 3, no. 2: 159.ADSGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

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