The sciences, like many other intellectual endeavors, were a focal point of Greek thought. The Ancient Greek Scientists Channel explores the development of Greek scientific thought through the lives of the most pre-eminent scientists of the day.


Ptolemy, or Claudius Ptolemaeus, (90-168? A.D.), a Greek astronomer and geographer.

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  • Hippocrates


    Hippocrates (460-377 B.C.), a Greek physician called "the father of medicine." Nothing reliable is known of his life, but it is said he studied at the temple of Asclepius (god of medicine) on the island of Cos. See more »

  • Galen


    Galen, (130-201 A.D.), a Greek physician. Galen was one of the greatest physicians of ancient times and is considered the father of experimental physiology. See more »

  • Herophilus


    Herophilus a Greek physician who lived during the late fourth and early third centuries B.C. See more »

  • Hipparchus


    Hipparchus (second century B.C.), a Greek astronomer and mathematician. He was born in Nicaea in Asia Minor (modern Turkey). See more »

  • Pedanius Dioscorides

    Pedanius Dioscorides

    Dioscorides, Pedanius, a Greek physician of the first century A.D. His five-volume De Materia Medica, on the use of herbs, was still widely used by botanists and physicians in the Middle Ages. See more »

  • Ptolemy


    Ptolemy, or Claudius Ptolemaeus, (90-168? A.D.), a Greek astronomer and geographer. See more »

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