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Doerffel, Georg Samuel

1. Dates
Born: Germany, 1643
Died: Germany, 1688
Dateinfo: Dates Certain
Lifespan: 45
2. Father
Occupation: Pastor
No information on financial status.
3. Nationality
Birth: Germany
Career: Germany
Death: Germany
4. Education
Schooling: Leipzig, B.A., B.Th.; Jena, M.A.
School in Plauen.
1662, bachelor's degree, Leipzig. Studied theology.
1663, master's degree, Jena. Studied mathematics and astronomy under Erhard Weigel. Defended his thesis on the motion of heavy bodies.
1668, Bachelor of Theology, Leipzig.
5. Religion
Affiliation: Lutheran
6. Scientific Disciplines
Primary: Astronomy
7. Means of Support
Primary: Ecclesiastical Position
1667, substitute pastor, Plauen, Germany.
1672, suceeded to the post.
Close to the end of his life he became the Lutheran Superintendent at Weida.
8. Patronage
Type: None
9. Technological Involvement
Types: None
10. Scientific Societies
Memberships: None
Corresponded with Weigel and Gottfried Kirch.
  1. Angus Armitage, "Master Georg Doerffel and the Rise of Cometary Astronomy," Annals of Science, 7 (1951). 303-315. [Q1.A47]
  2. Rudolf Gerloch, "Doerffel," Neue deutsche Biographie, 4 (1959), 30- 31.
Not Available and Not Consulted
  1. A.G. Kaestner, "Nachrichten von Georg Samuel Doerfeln" etc.
  2. Sammlungen einiger ausgesuchten Stuecke der Gesellschaft der freyen Kuenste zu Leipzig (Leipzig, 1754-56), teil 3, 252ff.
  3. C. Reinhardt, Mag. Georg Samuel Doerffel (Plauen, 1882).
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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