While many remember Leonardo da Vinci as a great artist, he was also a great scientist.
He was born in a little Tuscan town of Vinci on April 15, 1452. His parents quickly separated after his birth, his father re-marrying a local heiress, and his mother, a local cow-herder. Leonardo was left in the custody of his father and his stepmother. The two didn’t have much time for Leonardo; his grandfather looked after him.
Growing up, Leonardo often went to the countryside, carrying his notebook, sketching animals and plants. In 1468, after his grandfather died, Leonardo and his family moved to Florence. To Leonardo, Florence was the most beautiful and creative city in the world. As he got older, he studied with great artists and created his own beautiful paintings. He is known for painting the Mona Lisa, which hangs in the Louvre today.
Da Vinci’ never married. Instead, he spent his days thinking up inventions and recording observations in his notebook. He drew pictures of helicopters, planes, bicycles and parachutes hundreds of years before they were invented. Sadly, da Vinci kept his great thoughts to himself; they did not result in scientific advancements.
Even though none of his inventions became famous, he did have a lot of renowned paintings. He is celebrated as one of the greatest known artist of all time
[Source: The Great Scientists: From Euclid to Stephen Hawking]