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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
  1. 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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1995 Al Van Helden
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