Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz

Who was he?
  • Gottfried was born in 1646 and was the son of Friedrich Leibniz, a moral philosophy professor.
  • His father died when Gottfried was only six years old.
  • Gottfried became proficient by the age of 12, and began studying in his father's library.
  • This studying eventually led to studies in theology and metaphysics (the study of god and the part philosophy that concerns itself with the basic causes and the nature of things.)
  • 1661- Gottfried entered the University of Leipzig at age 14.
  • 1663- Gottfried graduated with a bachelors degree in philosophy, mathematics, rhetoric, Latin, Greek, and Hebrew.
  • October 1663- Gottfried was awarded his Master's degree in philosophy.
  • Shortly after receiving his Master's degree, Gottfried's mother died.
  • 1666- Gottfried writes his habitation in philosophy. This works aim was to reduce all reasoning and discover a combination of basic elements (ex. numbers, letters, sounds, and colours). This paper was unfortunately insufficient for Gottfried to achieve his doctorate in in law.
  • 1667- Gottfried transferred to the University at Altdof and completed his doctorate here. However, Gottfried declined a seat at this University in hopes of perusing another aspiration.
  • Gottfried then became a secretary to the Nuremberg alchemical society. There he met his first employer; Baron Johann Christian von Boineburg.
  • November 1667- Gottfried moved to Frankfurt to pursue his new employment opportunity. During the next few years Gottfried worked on many different projects for Boineburg such as science, literary, and political assignments.
  • 1676- Gottfried accepts the position of librarian and court counselor by the innovation of the Duke of Hanover.
  • Gottfried then spent the remainder of his life in Hanover, proposing many inventions such as the earth was once molten and the ingenious binary code.

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Fun facts about Binary Code
  • Binary code simplified computers and made them much more efficient.
  • Binary is the basis of Morse code, another important invention.
  • Eight digits of this code is called a bite. A single digit is called a bit. Therefor eight bits make up a byte.
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This is a picture of Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, an ingenious inventor.
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Here is a example of the practicality of binary code, one of Gottfried's most impressive inventions.

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