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Burgersdijk [Burgersdicius], Franco

1. Dates
Born: near Delft, 3 May 1590 death: Leiden, 19 Feb. 1635
Dateinfo: 45
2. Father
Occupation: Farmer
No information on financial status.
3. Nationality
Birth: Dutch
Career: Dutch, French
Death: Dutch
4. Education
Schooling: Leiden, both B.A. and Ph.D.
5. Religion
Affiliation: Calvinist
6. Scientific Disciplines
Primary: Primary: Scholastic Philosophy
Subordinate: Burgersdijk Was The Last Major Representative Of Scholastic Philosophy in the Netherlands.
7. Means of Support
Primary: Academic
1616-19, Professor of philosophy at the Protestant academy at Saumur.
1620-8, Professor of logic and ethics at Leiden.
1628-35, Professor of philosophy at Leiden.
Rector of the university 1629, 1630, and 1634.
8. Patronage
Types: Aristocracy, Scientist
DuPlessis Mornay was instrumental in Burgersdijk's appointment at Saumur.
His appointment in Leiden was part of the political- religious struggle in the Netherlands between the house of Orange (and orthodox Calvinism) against the oligarchy of Holland (and Arminianism). The orthodox party installed Burgersdijk. Willibrord Snel sponsored him.
9. Technological Involvement
Types: None
10. Scientific Societies
Memberships: None
  1. Nieuw nederlandsch biografisch woordenboek, 7, 230-1.
  2. Edward G. Ruestow, Physics at 17th and 18th Century Leiden, (The Hague: Nijhoff, 1973).
Not Available and Not Consulted
  1. P.C. Molhuysen, Bronnen tot de geschiedenis der Leidsche universiteit, (1916).
  2. J.N. Paquot, Mémoires, 2 (1763), 240-4.
Compiled by:
Richard S. Westfall
Department of History and Philosophy of Science
Indiana University

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