this page honors Christiaan Huygens (1629-1695)

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Christiaan Huygens was born in The Hague to a prominent Dutch family. He studied law and mathematics in Leiden, Holland, and became interested in scientific studies and instruments.

He made his own microscopes and telescopes. In 1656, he patented the first pendulum clock, and tested his models at sea to determine longitude.

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