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Kellner, David

1. Dates
Born: Gotha, mid 17th cent.
Died: unknown
Dateinfo: Flourished (two dates give known period)
Lifespan: N/A
2. Father
Occupation: Unknown
No information on financial status.
3. Nationality
Birth: Gotha, Germany
Career: Nordhausen, Germany
Death: unknown (Germany is so probable that I will list. it.)
4. Education
Schooling: Helmstedt, M.D.
He studied medicine in Helmstedt, receiving his M.D. in 1670 (or 1673). I assume the equivalent of a B.A.
5. Religion
Affiliation: Lutheran assumed.
6. Scientific Disciplines
Primary: Surgery, Metallurgy
7. Means of Support
Primary: Medicine, Patronage
He worked in Nordhausen, signing himself "Practioner in the Imperial Free City of Nordhausen, and Body and Court Physician of Royal Prussia, Princely Saxony, and the County of Stolberg."
8. Patronage
Types: Aristrocrat, Court Official, Scientist
The second of his surgical dissertations is dedicated to Johann Langguth, a physician in the service of Duke Ernst of Saxony. It is possible that Langguth advanced Kellner in his work.
A reference in his Schenkeldiener (1690) mentions that he wrote the book in 1683 when he was with Duke Heinrich, his prince and overlord, in Roemhild. The book itself is dedicated to Johann Scheib, the surgeon and barber of Gotha (the prince's city of residence) whom Kellner calls his friend and patron.
I am accepting his statement that he was personal physician to the ruler of Prussia.
9. Technological Involvement
Types: Medical Practice, Agriculture
He wrote a work entitled Hochnutzbar und bewahrte edle Bierbraukunst, mit einem Anhang ueber Wein und Essig (Leipzig- Gotha, 1690; 2nd ed., Leipzig, Eisenach, 1710). I know nothing more about this book that its title.
10. Scientific Societies
Memberships: None
  1. Christian Gottlob Joecher, Allgemeines Gelehrten-Lexicon (Leipzig, 1750-1751; repr., Hildesheim: Georg Olms, 1960), 2, 2059-60. Johann Christoph Adelung, Forsetzungen und Ergaenzungen zu Christian Gottlieb Joechers allgemeinem Gelehrten-Lexicon (Leip zig, 1784-1897; repr. Hildesheim: Georg Olms, 1960), 3, 187-8.
  2. A. Hirsch, Biographisches Lexikon der hervorragenden Aerzte aller Zeiten und Voelker (3rd ed., Munich, 1962), [ref. Z6658.B615 1962] 3, 499.
Compiled by:
Richard S. Westfall
Department of History and Philosophy of Science
Indiana University

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