Copernicus was born on February 19, 1473. After his father died around 1480 his uncle to on the parental role and took it upon himself to get Copernicus the best education possible. He went to the university of Cracow.
Copernicus studied astronomy throughout his life. He invited the heliocentric planetary system around 1508. He named the sun rather than the earth the center of the solar system.
He died on May 24, 1543. After his death his book, De revolutionibus orbium coelestium, was banned from the roman church.