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Camerarius (Camerer), Rudolf Jakob

1. Dates
Born: Tübingen, Germany, 12 Feb 1665
Died: Tübingen, Germany, 11 Sep 1721
Dateinfo: Dates Certain
2. Father
Occupation: A Professor Of Medicine
I assume that all such are at least prosperous.
3. Nationality
Birth: German
Career: German
Death: German
4. Education
Schooling: Tübingen, M.A., M.D.
Tübingen university: studied philosophy and medicine. BA 1679, MA 1682, (Studienreise 1685-7), MD 1687.
5. Religion
Affiliation: Lutheran (assumed)
6. Scientific Disciplines
Primary: Botany
Subordinate: Medicine
7. Means of Support
Primary: 7. Support: Academic Position
1688, appointed extraordinary professor of medicine and director of botanical garden at Tübingen.
1689-95, Professor of physik.
1695, father died, C. succeeded him as full professor and first professor of the University; when he died in 1721, his son succeeded him.
8. Patronage
Type: Court Official
The family succession in the university is inconceivable without the patronage of the ruling family of Wurtemberg. As I find further, it was a literal academic dynasty--every generation and every in-law.
9. Technological Involvement
Type: Medicine
10. Scientific Societies
Memberships: None
Informal: corresponded with Michael Bernhard Valentini, a professor at Giessen.
  1. K. Mägdefrau, Geschichte der Botanik, (Stuttgart, 1973), pp. 108 - 11. -- Bio Lib QK 26 . M 184 J. Mayerhöfer, Lexikon der Geschichte der Naturwissenschaften, 1, (Vienna, 1958), 595. -- Stacks Q 125 . L 58 -- nothing new J. Sachs, Geschichte der Botanik, (Munich, 1875), pp. 416-21. -- QK 15 . S 118 -- primarily about his science Neue Deutsche Biographie.
Not Available and Not Consulted
  1. Hirsch, Biographisches Lexikon ..., 1, (1929), 808-809, and supp.
  2. (1935) 155.
  3. World Who's Who in Science, Chicago, 1968, p. 291.
  4. Alexander Camerarius, "Memoria Camerariana comprehendens programma funebre B. Rud. Jac. Camerarii," in Acta physico-medica exhibentia ephemerides, 1, (1727), pp. 165-83.
  5. L. W. O. Camerer and J. F. W. Camerer, Geschichte der Tübinger Familie Camerer 1503 - 1903, (Tübingen, 1903).
Compiled by:
Richard S. Westfall
Department of History and Philosophy of Science
Indiana University

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