Who Invented the Telescope?

Who Invented the Telescope?

Who Invented the Telescope?

Hans Lipperhey is credited with inventing the telescope because he filed the first patent application in the Netherlands on Sept. 25, 1608. The German-born Lipperhey lived in the Netherlands, where he worked as a spectacle maker.

Lipperhey’s patent application was denied because government officials did not believe the telescope could be kept secret. Several weeks after Lipperhey’s application, fellow spectacle-maker Jacob Metius, also of the Netherlands, filed a patent application for the same telescope. Decades later, Dutch spectacle-maker Sacharias Janssen claimed to have invented the telescope. Some assume Galileo invented the telescope because he was the first to use one for astronomy.