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Goedaert, Joannes

1. Dates
Born: Middleburg, ca. 19 March 1617
Died: Middleburg, Feb. 1668
Dateinfo: Birth Uncertain
Lifespan: 51
2. Father
Occupation: No Good Information. Meertens Says A Burger Family
No information on financial status.
3. Nationality
Birth: Dutch
Career: Dutch
Death: Dutch
4. Education
Schooling: No University
Probably not even a secondary education; he did not know Latin. Certainly no university education.
5. Religion
Affiliation: Calvinist assumed.
6. Scientific Disciplines
Primary: Entomology
He was the first to write on the insects of the Netherlands, based on first hand observation, following the life cycles of insects. Published in Metamorphosis naturalis, 3 vols. (1662- 9).
He apparently had some knowledge of chemistry and of pharmacology, but there is no evidence of contributions to these fields.
7. Means of Support
Primary: Artisan
After some hesitation, I take artisan as the best category. Goedaert is remembered primarily as a painter, especially in watercolors, of birds and insects. In the absence of other comment, I take this to have been his livelihood.
8. Patronage
Type: None
No information.
9. Technological Involvement
Type: None
10. Scientific Societies
Memberships: None
  1. P.J. Meertens, Letterkundige leven in Zeeland in die zestiende en de eerste helft des seventiende eeuw, (Amsterdam, 1943), pp. 440-1.
  2. Nieuw Nederlandsch Biographisch Woordenboek.
  3. A. Schierbeek, Schouwburg der dieren, (The Hague, 1943), pp. 122- 7.
Not Available and Not Consulted
  1. F. Nagtglas, Levensberichten van Zeeuwen, (Middleburg, 1890-3), pp. 267-8.
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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