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Glaser, Johann Heinrich

1. Dates
Born: Basel, 6 Oct 1629
Died: Basel, 5 Feb 1679
Dateinfo: Dates Certain
Lifespan: 50
2. Father
Occupation: Artisan
His father had acquired a sound reputation as a painter and engraver in Basel.
No information on financial status.
3. Nationality
Birth: Basel, Switzerland
Career: Basel, Switzerland
Death: Basel, Switzerland
4. Education
Schooling: Basel, M.D.; Geneva
He began his studies in Basel. He seems in 1645 to have been committed to philosophy. I take the fact that he wrote a dissertaion in philosophy in 1648 as evidence for a B.A.
1648, he went to Geneva to study medicine. He wrote a dissertaion in 1650.
1661, he presented Disputatio de rheumatismo as his doctoral dissertation in Basel.
5. Religion
Affiliation: Calvinist (assumed)
6. Scientific Disciplines
Primary: Anatomy, Medicine
7. Means of Support
Primary: Medicine, Academia
Secondary: Government
He practiced medicine for a time in Heidelberg.
Afterward, he moved to Paris.
1661, he returned to Basel.
1662, he established a medical practice that soon brought him international fame.
1665, he became full professor of Greek.
1667, he was named professor of anatomy and botany at the Faculté de Médecine at Basel.
He was named doctor-in-chief at a large municipal hospital in Basel.
8. Patronage
Types: Unknown, But Academic Appointment Indicates It
9. Technological Involvement
Type: Med
He was a successful physician.
10. Scientific Societies
Memberships: None
  1. A. Hirsch, Neue deutsche Biographie (Berlin, 1952- ), 9, 216.
  2. Not consulted: H. Buess, Recherches, découveries et inventions de médecins suisses, E. Kaech, trans. (Basel 1946).
  3. A. Burckhardt, Geschichte des medizinischen Fakultät zu Basel (Basel, 1917).
  4. F. Husner, Verzeichnis der Basler medizinischen Universitätsschriften von 1575 - 1829 (Basel, 1942).
  5. Franciscus Pariz, Sancta merx viri nobilissimi J. Henrici Glaseri (Basel, 1675).
Compiled by:
Richard S. Westfall
Department of History and Philosophy of Science
Indiana University

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