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Capra, Baldassar

1. Dates
Born: Italy, 1580
Died: Italy, 1626
Dateinfo: Birth Uncertain
Lifespan: 46
2. Father
Occupation: An Aristocrat
He was the son of Count Marco Aurelio Capra (whose financial situation was anything but solid). A member of a noble family (a count according to Poggendorff), which included Galeazzo Capra, secretary and historian to Duke Francesco II, last Sforza of Milan.
Clearly stated that he was rather poor.
3. Nationality
Birth: Italy
Career: Italy
Death: Italy
4. Education
Schooling: Padua, M.D.
Studied under Simon Mayr (Marius) at Padua, received his degree in medicine. I assume B.A.
5. Religion
Affiliation: Catholic (assumed)
6. Scientific Disciplines
Primary: Astronomy, Astrology
7. Means of Support
Primary: Medical Practice
A practicing doctor (Poggendorff Biographische Woerterbuch zur Geschichte der Exacten Wissenschaften, p. 374 [ref. Z7404.P72 v.1].)
8. Patronage
Type: None
Anti-Patronage? At the end of 1620, when he asked to register at the medical college in Milan, he was energeticly opposed by Lodovico Settala because of his behavior against Galileo.
9. Technological Involvement
Type: Practiced Medicine
10. Scientific Societies
Memberships: None known
  1. G. Gliozzi, "Capra," Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani, 19 (Rome, 1976), 106-108. [ref. CT1123.D62 v.19]
  2. Note: Further sources are listed in the D.S.B., but Gliozzi appears to be best and most accessable.
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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