Grisogono, Federico [Federicus De Chrysogonius]
- 1. Dates
- Born: Dalmatia, 1472 or 73
- Died: Dalmatia, 1538
- Dateinfo: Birth Uncertain
- Lifespan: 66
- 2. Father
- Occupation: Aristocrat
- Antun Grisogono was the head of a noble Zadar family, described as one of the most illustrious ones in Zara.
- The details of Grisogono's own life, indicating the wealth he inherited, seem to make it obvious that the family was wealthy.
- 3. Nationality
- Birth: Dalmatia, or better Croatia (Yugoslavia)
- Career: Dalmatia (Yugoslavia)
- Death: Dalmatia (Yugoslavia)
- 4. Education
- Schooling: Padua. M.D.
- He studied philosophy and medicine at Padua at the same time when Copernicus was studying mathematics. B.A. about 1507. He also obtained an M.D.
- 5. Religion
- Affiliation: Catholic
- 6. Scientific Disciplines
- Primary: Astronomy, Astrology, Mathematics
- His small book, Speculum astronomicum (Venice, 1507) was a theoretical-mathematical commentary on Euclid's principles of geometry. [I must say that this sounds strange.] His major work, Federici de modo collegiandi... was printed in Venice in 1528. I am not sure if this work was astrological, but Grisogono was clearly involved in astrology.
- 7. Means of Support
- Primary: Personal Means
- Secondary: City Magistrate, Medicine
- He was born into one of the most illustrious families in Zadar, Dalmatia.
- After military adventures in Italy and France, he went to study at Padua. While there he received sixty-six florins a year (presumably from his personal wealth).
- Upon receiving his doctorate, he taught astrology and mathematics at Padua until returning home in 1508.
- He spent the rest of his life in Zadar as a rich aristocrat: administering property, holding public office, and practicing medicine.
- He was a town council member and a counsellor of the prince of Zadar in 1527.
- 8. Patronage
- Type: None
- 9. Technological Involvement
- Types: Medical Practice, Civil Engineering
- In 1537 he was involved with the problem of harbor construction in Rimini.
- 10. Scientific Societies
- Memberships: None
- M.D. Grmek, "Prinosi za poznavanje zivota i rada F. Grisogona," Radovi instituta Jugoslavenske akademie u Zadru, 15 (1968), 61-91.
- Compiled by:
- Richard S. Westfall
- Department of History and Philosophy of Science
- Indiana University
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