Italian astronomer, mathematician, physicist, engineer and philosopher regarded as "the father of observational astronomy", "father of science" and "the father of modern physics". He is known for kinematics, dynamics, heliocentrism and for discovering the phases of Venus, the sunspots and the four largest moons of Jupiter.
The trend of receiving only one US dollar as annual salary was probably started by Apple's Steve Jobs. Founders of several popular tech companies - Larry Page, Sergey Brin, Mark Zuckerberg etc. - copied that idea and get only $1 per year as salary. [more...]