Gerard Mercator is known as the father of Dutch Cartography.
Here are some quick facts about Gerard Mercator:
|Birth||5 March 1512|
|Death||2 December 1594|
|Education||University of Leuven|
|Known for||World map based on the Mercator projection (1569), One of the founders of the Netherlandish school of cartography, Coining the term Atlas|
|Birth place||Rupelmonde, County of Flanders
(in modern Belgium)
Gerard Mercator — Father of Dutch Cartography
Gerard Mercator was a cartographer, mathematician and astronomer who lived in the 15th century. He is best known for developing new map projections, which made navigation easier by depicting a sphere’s surface as a flat map.
Mercator’s map projections helped ships navigate across oceans more accurately than ever before—and that made it much easier for Europeans to explore and colonize other lands.
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