Scientists of World- Education Series- Omar Khayyam

Omar Khayyam was born on May 18, 1048, in Nishapur, Persia. He was a student of Bahmanyar whose teacher was Avicenna himself. His 18th birthday was celebrated with Halley’s Comet of 1066 but the death of his father and tutor followed. Khayyam traveled to Samarkand and within no time earned a reputation with numbers. During his stay, he published his finest works in algebra about cubic equations and their geometric solutions. Khayyam was invited to Isfahan by the then emperor and vizier of Seljuk Empire to develop a calendar. The length of his calendar year is valid till date. In 1092, resistance broke out in the empire leaving Khayyam grounded for almost 20 years. He died at the age of 83 in his hometown. He was a respected mathematician and astronomer but it was as late as the 1800s when his poetry received recognition and admiration it deserved through the “Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam”.

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