1560 in science
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- The first scientific society, the Academia Secretorum Naturae, is founded in Naples by Giambattista della Porta.
- August 21 – A total solar eclipse is observable in Europe.
- January 17 – Gaspard Bauhin, Swiss botanist (died 1624)
- June 25 – Wilhelm Fabry, German surgeon (died 1634)
- undated – Charles Butler, English beekeeper (died 1647)
- approx date
- William Shakespeare's grandfather; Richard Shakespeare died from natural causes, on 23 April.
- Armytage, W.H.G. (1960). "Giambattista della Porta and the Segreti" (PDF). British Medical Journal. 1 (5179): 1129–30. doi:10.1136/bmj.1.5179.1129. PMC . Retrieved 2011-10-17.
- Bergin, Thomas G., ed. (1987). Encyclopedia of the Renaissance. Oxford; New York: New Market Books.
- Grun, Bernard (1991). The Timetables of History (3rd ed.). New York: Simon & Schuster. p. 247. ISBN 0-671-74919-6.