Sacharias Jansen (1580 - 1632)
Sacharias is credited with the discovery of the telescope.
There is a 1289 Florentine
manuscript that refers to corrective lenses for reading. This eventually
led to telescopes in 1586. Why such a simple extension of knowledge took so
long is unclear. There could be suppression by the Church. Astronomy without
the Earth as centre of the Universe was considered heresy. The ability of observing
ships and troop movement from long distances, would be a great military and
economic advantage. Good reasons for not sharing this knowledge.
Hans Martens and Maeyken Meertens, Antwerp, Belgium
1. Sacharias Jansen (Janssen, Janssens), The Hague 1580-1632
m. 10/23/1610 Catharina de Haene d. 1624
m. Anna Couget, Antwerp c1625
1.1 Johannes Sachariassen 1611, m. 1632
2. Hans Jansen
3. Sara Jansen