Leonard Digges

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Leonard Digges was born c. 1515 in Barham, Kent, England to James and Philippe. Sorry but I do not have any information as to his early childhood or his education. What I can tell you is apparently he was highly educated, which you’ll find out why soon enough.

He worked as a surveyor. In 1542, he visited the castle of Guines where he impressed his host through debate and demonstration of his skills in geometry, navigation, measurement and artillery. He also published A General Prognostication in 1533, as it contained a perpetual calendar, collections of weather lore and astronomical material. There are also some claims he invented the reflecting telescope or the refracting telescope as part of the need to see accurately over long distances. While his death date is unknown it is widely held he passed around 1559.

What you may not know about Leonard is that he invented the theodolite. It is an instrument used for measuring angles between designated visible points in the horizontal and vertical planes. While his invention has been improved the concept remain the same to this day. not bad to have something that has lasted for over 460 years.

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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray I think land surveyors use this type of intrument....

Sep 26, 2019 02:52 AM #1
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. This is one where all I can say is: "now I know"! Enjoy your day!

Sep 26, 2019 03:55 AM #2
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

So many great ideas started so long ago. I would have never guessed this one.

Sep 26, 2019 04:32 AM #3
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Good morning, James... I wish I truly understood what Leonard invented, but I do understand it was important and has lasted for almost five centuries. That's important in and of itself.

Sep 26, 2019 04:35 AM #4
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

Wonder if it could be used in teleportation?

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Sep 26, 2019 04:43 AM #5
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

I had no idea what a theodolite is until you educated us about Leonard Digges

Sep 26, 2019 05:03 AM #6
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. Not bad at all. I can't imagine creating something so meaningful it could be identified 400+ years later.

Sep 26, 2019 05:57 AM #7
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Good morning, James - I knew I should have paid more attention in Geometry class.  

Sep 26, 2019 06:33 AM #8
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

That is indeed a highly educated man!  I feel in life, we are always being educated, whether we are in school or not.

Sep 26, 2019 07:27 AM #9
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Wow James, this has been around this long, that is so hard to believe but I guess if you say so it must be true.


Sep 26, 2019 09:09 AM #10
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Theodolite is definitely. a new word for my vocabulary.  I enjoy learning new words.  My screen saver has words and meaning that go by, and I really enjoy it. A

Sep 26, 2019 09:09 AM #11
Krystin Mitchell, CPA CFE
KLSM CPA Firm, PLLC - Houston, TX
Strategic Accounting & Tax Solutions

Talk about being Educated! You learn new things everyday. Thanks James!

Sep 26, 2019 09:36 AM #12
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good afternoon James - so many things we have now started with those inventers during the age of discovery.

Sep 26, 2019 10:53 AM #13
Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656 - New Lenox, IL
708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience

I'd say Leonard Digges has a pretty impressive resume', James Dray ... and I feel much smarter and wiser now for reading your post.  Thank you!


Sep 26, 2019 11:11 AM #14
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- while the theodolite is way beyond my comprehension, I have the utmost respect for the gentleman who invented this. 

Sep 26, 2019 01:08 PM #15
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Some concepts are just able to grow with time and get better James Dray 

Sep 26, 2019 03:43 PM #16
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray,

Did you ever wonder what a guy like Leonard would think about his invention lasting this long?

Sep 26, 2019 04:31 PM #17
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

This is an invention that I can’t grasp as to what it actually does.

Sep 27, 2019 12:42 PM #18
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi James:

Well, that device is something I've never heard of, but it sounds like it was important and influences what's used today!


Sep 29, 2019 08:08 AM #19
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