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Cortes de Albacar, Martin

1. Dates
Born: Bujaraloz, Spain, at unknown date. It is known only that he went to Cadiz before 1530.
Died:before 1582.
Dateinfo: Dates uncertain
Lifespan: unknown
2. Father
Occupation: Unknown
He claimed that his father was of an ancient and noble family.
No information on financial status.
3. Nationality
Birth: Spanish
Career: Spanish
Death: Spanish
4. Education
Schooling: No University
5. Religion
Affiliation: Catholic (assumed)
6. Scientific Disciplines
Primary: Navigation
7. Means of Support
Primary: Unknown
Cortes was, according to his own statement, the offspring of an ancient and noble family of Aragon. That is all that is known, if that is in fact known.
8. Patronage
Type: Court
One of the few things known about Cortes is that he dedicated his influential book on navigation, Breve compendio de la esfera to Charles V.
Navarrete says the Cortes sent a copy of the work to Juan Parent, a patrician of Valencia.
9. Technological Involvement
Type: Navigation
10. Scientific Societies
Memberships: None
  1. José Maria Lopez Piñero, et al., Diccionaria historico de la ciencia moderna en España, 2 vols. (Barcelona: Ediciones Peninsula, 1983). Jose Maria Lopez Pinero, Ciencia y tecnica en la sociedad espanola de los siglos XVI y XVII, (Barcelona: Labor, 1979).
  2. Diccionario enciclopedico hispano-americano, 5.
  3. M. Fernandez de Navarrete, Disertacion sobre la historia de la nautica y de las mathematicas, (Madrid, 1846).
  4. L. Labarta, biographical introduction to Cortes, Breve compendio, (Zaragoza, 1941).
  5. D. W. Waters, The Art of Navigation in Elizabethan and Stuart Times, (New Haven, 1958).
  6. E. G. R. Taylor, The Haven-finding Art, (New York, 1956).
  7. The fact is that very little is known about this man except for his book.
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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