Yes, Galileo should be considered a founding father of modern astronomy, not only because he was a pioneer in his field, but because he took great political risks for the things that he said. At the time Galileo wasn't popular. But he was willing to say the things that he found to be true, so that he could advance science.
Galileo is often considered to be a founding father of modern astronomy because of the significant roles he played the improvement of the telescope and the mapping of the stars and solar system. Galileo one of the first scientists to advocate the use of the modern scientific method to prove or disprove facts.
Galileo should be considered the founding father of modern astronomy in terms of a European during the Renaissance. However, other cultures made astute astronomical observations as well such as the Chinese, Arabs and Mayans. Galileo popularized astronomy for his ideas and for being condemned by the Catholic Church. However, other scientists and other cultures were just as adept at keeping astronomical records as Galileo. The key to Galileo's ascension to "founding father" status is probably due to his invention of the telescope.
Yes,Galileo should be considered a founding father of modern astronomy.Like many other scientists he wasn't well thought of in his own time and his school of thought was somewhat controversial.He has come to be much more respected and his work is the first reference for many beginning astronomy students in the US.
Galileo should be considered a founding father of modern astronomy. He contributed quite a bit and was some of the leading factors in how we learned new and improved things about science and made a lot of changes to how we view the world and how we work with the science.