Anders Celsius Biography: Lesson for Kids

Instructor: Artem Cheprasov

Artem has a doctor of veterinary medicine degree.

This lesson will teach you a bit about the life and work of a famous scientist by the name of Anders Celsius. If his last name sounds familiar, it's probably because you've used a thermometer before!

Anders Celsius

What's the temperature outside right now? Even though they both refer to the same temperature, depending on where you are in the world you might say it's 77 degrees Fahrenheit or you might say it's 25 degrees Celsius. Confused? Well, think about how feet and meters can measure distance, but they're different units of measurement. Similarly, both Fahrenheit and Celsius measure temperature, but they're different units of measurement for doing so.

And so, Celsius is a unit of measurement for temperature and it's also the last name of whom it's named after, Anders Celsius.

Let's learn more about this man in this lesson.

Early Life

Anders Celsius was born in Uppsala, Sweden on November 27th, 1701. Celsius was born in a scientific family. His pop was a professor of astronomy at the local university, the University of Uppsala. Like father like son they say, so Celsius decided to study astronomy too. Except, he studied other things, such as math and physics. Pretty intimidating, right? But, not for Celsius. He was a pretty smart chap.


Anders Celsius.
Anders Celsius


After he finished his studies, Celsius became a professor of math and taught at the same university where he studied. In April of 1730, he became a professor of astronomy. You'd think that once someone becomes professor they must know it all. Well, not really.

Celsius knew he had much to learn, so he traveled to many countries for many years in order to learn as much as possible about the field's latest discoveries and thoughts. Where did Celsius go to? Cool places like Germany, Italy, and France. Along the way, he even wrote about some observations of the Northern Lights and helped prove that the Earth was flatter at the poles. Not too shabby, right?

Celsius came back to Uppsala and used his new knowledge to build a stronger astronomy curriculum at his university. He even helped build the Uppsala Observatory, the most modern observatory in Sweden at the time.

Anders Celsius passed away on April 25th, 1744 in Uppsala, Sweden.

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