Born: 780 AD in Khwarizm
Died: 850 AD in Baghdad
Muhammad ibn Musa al-Khwarizmi was a Mathematician who lived around the 780’s and has made great contributions to the world of mathematics and science. Noteworthy, though, is his development of the algorithms in the same field of mathematics. Since, in computer science, these form the basis for primary calculations, he has therefore been termed as the father of computer science. His discovery of this kind of mathematics has been used in many computer science calculations and discoveries.
Muhammad ibn Musa al-Khwarizmi was a member of the house of Wisdom in Baghdad where he contributed most of his findings and research. The house of wisdom was merely a center where research into scientific issues was done. It also conducted some teaching activities there. Interestingly, this man has also been linked to the success of modern day algebra. He based most of his works on findings that had been written by scientists and mathematicians who lived before him. But the constant studies and discoveries in mathematics have been used as the foundation for many scientific discoveries.
In an attempt to take his mathematical skills further, Muhammad ibn Musa al-Khwarizmi also made some calculations about the position of the moon. As if that was not enough, his calculations even went as far as including the position of the sun and planets. The calendars and the features of it that portray the accuracy of counting days in a year are also attributed to him and his calculations. Many of the works he did in this area were later picked up by scientists who lived after him for further development and refinement.
It can be noted from the foregoing that this scientist had done a lot of work in terms of coming up with important astrological findings and calculations that proved to be of great importance in the years that followed. But one of the most interesting features about his work is his introduction of the roman numerals in English. To date, this system is still in place and working as he had envisioned it.