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Heuraet, Hendrik van

1. Dates
Born: Haarlem, 1633
Died: c. 1660
Dateinfo: Death Uncertain
Lifespan: 27
2. Father
Occupation: No Information
No information on financial status.
3. Nationality
Birth: Dutch
Career: Dutch
Death: Dutch
4. Education
Schooling: Leiden, Saumur
One of the few secure facts about Heuraet is that he enrolled in Leiden in March 1653 to study medicine. He also studied mathematics under Schooten with Huygens and Hudde.
In 1658 we know that he was at the Protestant university in Saumur for a time.
Although one seems probable, there is no mention of a degree.
5. Religion
Affiliation: Calvinist assumed
6. Scientific Disciplines
Primary: Mathematics
His only published work concerned the rectification of curves, in a letter to Schooten that was published in the second edition of Descartes's Geometria.
The last mention of Heuraet is found in a letter of Huygens of December 1659.
7. Means of Support
Primary: Unknown
8. Patronage
Type: None
9. Technological Involvement
Type: None
10. Scientific Societies
Memberships: None
  1. Nieuw Nederlandsch Biographisch Woordenboek.
  2. There is precious little information about Heuraet.
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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