Astronomer Tycho Brahe ‘Not Poisoned’, Says Expert

Posted by admin on Nov 16, 2012

The 16th-Century Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe is unlikely to have been poisoned, according to a researcher studying his remains. The body was exhumed in 2010 in a bid to confirm the cause of his death.

Brahe was thought to have died of a bladder infection, but a previous exhumation found traces of mercury in hair from his beard. However, the most recent tests have found the levels of mercury were not high enough to have killed him.

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