Researchers say 16th-century astronomer wasn't poisoned

11/15/2012 | BBC

A team of Czech and Danish scientists working on the remains of Tycho Brahe, a 16th-century Danish astronomer who helped establish the foundations of early modern astronomy, ruled out poisoning as the cause of his death in 1601. He was initially thought to have died from an infection in his bladder, but after his body was exhumed, scientists found traces of mercury in his beard. Scientists said the level of mercury found was not sufficient to poison him.

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