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Anthonisz, Adriaan

1. Dates
Born: probably in Alkmaar, c.1543
Died: Alkmaar, 20 Nov. 1620
Dateinfo: Birth Uncertain
Lifespan: 77
2. Father
Occupation: No Information
No information on financial status.
3. Nationality
Birth: Dutch
Career: Dutch
Death: Dutch
4. Education
Schooling: No University
Nothing known. Before 1571, he married Suida Dircksd.
5. Religion
Affiliation: Calvinist
6. Scientific Disciplines
Primary: Engineering, Cartography, Mathematics
Subordinate: Astronomy, Instrumentation
Already in 1568 he prepared a map of the Berger lake.
As a surveyor, he was commission in 1573 to prepare plans
for the enlargement and strengthening of the city, and to
carry the plans out.
In 1578 he was summoned to Utrecht as master of fortification, and in 1579 entrusted by the States of Holland with strengthening of Naarden and Muiden. He had other such tasks in the 1580's. He was the chief of fortifications of the United Netherlands in 86, 87, 88, 90-96, and he did much work on fortification under the Princes of Orange.
At the request of the Prince he composed a piece on the quadratuare of the circle in 1584. He did other mathematical work.
He also wrote on the calendar, on sun dialing (including the problem of determining latitude from the length of shadows. He wrote as well on the astrolabe.
7. Means of Support
Primary: Government
Secondary: Patronage, City Magistrate
Cartographer and miltary engineer for the States of Holland.
Between 1582 and 1601 elected burgomaster of Alkmaar several times.
He was both engineer of the states of Holland and mathematician to the Prince of Orange around 1580.
8. Patronage
Types: Court, City Magistrates
9. Technological Involvement
Types: Military Engineering, Cartography, Instruments
Built fortifications in the war against Spain, and drew charts of cities and military works.
He made some sort of instrument that showed the position of the moon.
10. Scientific Societies
Memberships: None
A friend of the mathematician van Ceulen.
  1. C. de Waard, "Anthonisz," Nieuw Nederlandsch Biographisch Woordenboek, I (Leiden, 1911), 155-8. [ref. CT1143.M72]
Compiled by:
Richard S. Westfall
Department of History and Philosophy of Science
Indiana University
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1995 Al Van Helden
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