Copernicus was born February 19, 1473 in Turon, Poland. He was born into a rich family, however , his parents died when he was young. He and his siblings were adopted by their uncle who was also rich and powerful.
At the age of 18 Copernicus left Poland to go to his first University in Italy, The university of Krakow. He was supposed to study laws and regulations of the catholic church but instead he started studying math and astronomy.
After not completing college at the University of Krakow he went to the university of Bologna to study medicine and law. While studying Copernicus lived with astronomy professor Domenico Maria de Navara.