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Astronomer Tycho Brahe to be exhumed

The body of astronomer Tycho Brahe, who died in 1601, is set to be exhumed to determine his cause of death.

DA group of Danish and Czech experts will therefore soon be able to carry out detailed analyses of the astronomer’s bone, hair and clothing remains to find the answer to a centuries-old mystery as to whether he was murdered.
Although historians have generally attributed his death to either bladder problems or kidney stones, some believed he may have been poisoned. Many researchers now believe he probably died of mercury poisoning – either accidentally or deliberately by another’s hand.
The issue was revived in recent years, after a Swedish professor discovered a diary in which Tycho Brahe’s distant relative, Erik Brahe, claimed that the astronomer was poisoned.
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DA group of Danish and Czech experts will therefore soon be able to carry out detailed analyses of the astronomer’s bone, hair and clothing remains to find the answer to a centuries-old mystery as to whether he was murdered.

Although historians have generally attributed his death to either bladder problems or kidney stones, some believed he may have been poisoned. Many researchers now believe he probably died of mercury poisoning – either accidentally or deliberately by another’s hand.

The issue was revived in recent years, after a Swedish professor discovered a diary in which Tycho Brahe’s distant relative, Erik Brahe, claimed that the astronomer was poisoned.

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