Gerardus Mercator

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Noun1.Gerardus Mercator - Flemish geographer who lived in GermanyGerardus Mercator - Flemish geographer who lived in Germany; he invented the Mercator projection of maps of the globe (1512-1594)
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Most early maps found these days come from atlases, a word coined by Gerardus Mercator (1512-1594) famous for creating the 1569 world map.
The world map we are all familiar with is based on the Mercator projection, a cylindrical projection created in 1569 by Gerardus Mercator for use in ship navigation.
(34) Mercator's reliance on Pires is stated by Durand & Curtis, 2014, p.38: "On the Malay Peninsula and Borneo alone, Gerardus Mercator was able to indicate a dozen place names, presumably drawn from the Suma Oriental of Tome Pires".
This 16th century map of the North Pole by Gerardus Mercator is notable for the four distinct landmasses surrounding the intriguing Rupes Nigra, a giant, black, magnetic rock located at the very centre of the Pole, deemed at the time to be the reason for compasses around the world pointing in its direction.
This identification is confirmed by Gerardus Mercator's map of 1538, which as Weihaupt (p.
Gerardus Mercator's Projection of 1569 approximated the world on a cylinder, with lines of latitude and longitude so sailors could navigate by it.
Belgian Gerardus Mercator (1512-94) created map projections essential for accurate nautical charts, opening up the seas for safe voyages.