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Despagnet [Espagnet], Jean

1. Dates
Born: 1564
Died: 1637 or after
Dateinfo: Death Uncertain
Lifespan: 73
2. Father
Occupation: Unknown
We know only that he was not related to the parlementary family of the same name in Aix.
No information on financial status.
3. Nationality
Birth: French
Career: French
Death: French
4. Education
Schooling: No University
This means only no information.
5. Religion
Affiliation: He had to have been Catholic to hold the offices he had.
6. Scientific Disciplines
Primary: Alchemy, Occult Philosophy
He acquired a great reputation as a hermetic philosopher and alchemist. His only extant alchemical works, the Arcanum Hermeticae philosophiae and the Enchiridion physicae restitutae, published in 1623, are classics of their kind.
7. Means of Support
Primary: Government
1590, he became a lawyer in Bordeaux.
1592, Conseiller au Grand Conseil in Paris.
1601, named President of the Parlement of Bordeaux.
Around 1609-12, he presided at the Chambre de l'Edit at Nerac after the mysterious death of his predecessor; he remained in office until 1615.
1620, honorary president (apparently of the Parlement of Bordeaux).
8. Patronage
Type: None
9. Technological Involvement
Type: None
10. Scientific Societies
Memberships: None
Fermat visited him at Bordeaux in 1629.
  1. Dictionnaire de biographie Française, 12, 1491.
  2. John Ferguson, Bibliotheca chemica, 1, 248-50.
  3. A.E.Waite, The Secret Tradition in Alchemy, London, 1926, pp.39, 338, 341. QD13 .W145
Not Available and Not Consulted
  1. Nouvelle biographie universelle, 15, (Paris 1854), pp.402-403.
  2. John S. Maxwell, Un magistrat hermétiste, (1896).
Compiled by:
Richard S. Westfall
Department of History and Philosophy of Science
Indiana University

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