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Dasypodius [Rauchfuss], Cunradus

1. Dates
Born: Switzerland, 1530
Died: Germany, 1600
Dateinfo: Birth Uncertain
Lifespan: 70
2. Father
Occupation: Academic, Cleric
Peter Dasypodius taught in Sturm's gymnasium in Strasburg and held church positions.
No information on financial status.
3. Nationality
Birth: Swiss
Career: German
Death: German
4. Education
Schooling: Strassburg
Studied with Christian Herlinus at the famous academy of Johannes Sturm in Strasbourg. (For the time being, I am considering the academy as a university; if it matters, I will try to learn more about it.) Although it is not specifically mentioned, I take him to have had the equivalent of a B.A.
5. Religion
Affiliation: Calvinist
His father, the Swiss humanist Petrus Dasypodius, is described as "reformed" in the Neue Deutsche Biographie.
Sturm was a prominent reformer.
6. Scientific Disciplines
Primary: Mathematics
Subordinate: Astronomy, Mechanics
He published extensively on mathematics, at the textbook level. He also did some astronomy and he translated Hero's Automata into Latin and drew upon it for the famous clock.
7. Means of Support
Primary: Academia
From 1558, Professor at the academy of Johannes Sturm. I am treating this as university level.
8. Patronage
Types: Aristrocrat, Government Official, Physician
He dedicated his mathematical work of 1570 to the Landgraf of Alsace.
In a dedication Dasyposius thanked the personal physician of the Emperor and a councillor of the Emperor for their assistance.
He dedicated a work of 1572 to a royal councillor in Paris.
He dedicated another work of 1572 to Peter Ramus.
9. Technological Involvement
Type: Instruments
1571-4, designed the famous clock in the cathedral at Strasbourg.
10. Scientific Societies
Memberships: None
He knew and corresponded with Ramus.
  1. Wilhelm Schmidt, "Heron von Alexandria, Konrad Dasypodius und die Strasburger astronomische Muensteruhr," Abhandlungen zur Geschichte der Mathematik, 8 (1898), 175-194. (Supplement to vol. 42 of Zeitschrift für Mathematik und Physik.) A.G. Kaestner, Geschichte der Mathematik, 4 vols. (Goettingen, 1796-1800), 1, 332-45. Allgemeine deutsche Biographie, 4, 764.
Not Available and Not Consulted
  1. J.G.L. Blumhof, Etwas vom alten Mathematiker C. Dasypodius, (Goettingen, 1796).
Compiled by:
Richard S. Westfall
Department of History and Philosophy of Science
Indiana University

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