See also: 1601 in science. other events of 1602, 1603 in science, and the list of years in science.
The Bodleian Library at Oxford University is opened.
March 20 - The Dutch East India Company is established as The United East India Company by the Dutch States-General.
May 15 - Bartolomew Gosnold becomes the first European to discover Cape Cod.
August 8 - Gilles de Roberval, French mathematician.