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Baghdad, Iraq, 901-02-18


During the height of the Islamic Golden Age, Thābit ibn Qurra emerged as a leading visionary in the fields of mathematics, mechanical engineering, medicine, astrology, and astronomy. He was instrumental in ushering in many of the scientific reformations of that period; including the Ptolemaic system and the founding of statics.

Thābit also belonged to the Sabians of Harran, a sect of Hermeticists and celebrated a life of study and progression led by his beliefs. Although born in Harran, he moved to the intellectually thriving city of Baghdad, and occupied his years with teaching, study, and innovation until his death in 901AD.

Thābit's legacy did not end with his passing. His son, Sinan, became one of the most important physicians in Baghdad, who played a major role in the upkeep and development of the city's public hospitals during that era. His grandson, Ibrahim, went on to become a distinguished mathematician; studying the curves required to make sundials and advancing the theory of integration.

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