Mathematician:Leonardo da Vinci

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Italian polymath whose areas of interest included invention, painting, sculpting, architecture, science, music, mathematics, engineering, literature, anatomy, geology, astronomy, botany, writing, history, and cartography.

Variously called the father of palaeontology, ichnology, and architecture.

Widely considered one of the greatest painters of all time.

Sometimes credited with the inventions of the parachute, helicopter and tank.




  • Born: 15 April 1452 in Vinci, Republic of Florence (now Italy)
  • Died: 2 May 1519 in Amboise, Kingdom of France


  • 1490: Codex Atlanticus
  • c.1505: Codex on the Flight of Birds
  • 1632: Treatise on Painting

Many unpublished notebooks

Also known as

His full name is Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci. di ser Piero is an indication of his parentage, while da Vinci indicates his birthplace.

He is properly referred to by his given name Leonardo.