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Birth: Born in The Hague, Netherlands, 14 April 1629.
Parents: He was born into an influential Dutch family primarily engaged in serving the Royal family of Orange. His father, he was educated in natural philosophy and due to his influential position as a diplomat, enjoyed a friendly relationship with notable individuals such as Mersenne and Descartes.
Education: Huygens was tutored at home until the age of 16. He then (1645-1647) studied law and mathematics at the University of Leiden. Thereafter, Huygens continued studying law and mathematics at the College of Orange in Breda.
Positions: In 1663 Huygens was accepted into the Royal Society of London. In 1666 he was invited to join the new Académie Royale des Sciences.
During the course of his life Huygens published the following works:
Mathematics: Cyclometriae (1651), Circuli Magnitudine Inventa (1654), De Ratiociniis in Ludo Aleae (1655)
Astronomy: Systema Saturnium (1659)
Physics: Horologium Oscillatorium sive de motu pendulorum (1673), Traité de la lumiere (1678)
Extraterrestrial Life: Cosmotheoros (1695)
Christiaan Huygens died in The Hague, 8 July 1695.