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Khunrath [Kunrath, Kuhnrat[h], Cunradius, Conrathus], Conrad

1. Dates
Born: Leipzig, date unknown
Died: unknown place, not later than 1614
Dateinfo: Flourished (two dates give known period)
Lifespan: N/A
2. Father
Occupation: Unknown
No information on financial status.
3. Nationality
Birth: Leipzig, Germany
Career: Holstein, then part of Denmark
Death: unknown
4. Education
Schooling: Leipzig
It is possible, but has not been proven, that he identical with a person of the same name and place of birth who enrolled at the University of Leipzig in the winter of 1562.
5. Religion
Affiliation: Lutheran (assumed)
6. Scientific Disciplines
Primary: Medicine, Pharmacology, Iatrochemistry
He was a follower of Paracelsus and attributed some cures to the influence of the planets, but I have seen few secondary sources that call him an alchemist and none that call him an iatrochemist (though it seems to be the only possible category for a Paracelsian).
7. Means of Support
Primary: Medicine
He lived in the duchy of Holstein (then Danish) for a number of years and at Schleswig (1594). I presume he practiced medicine.
8. Patronage
Type: None
9. Technological Involvement
Type: Medical Practice
10. Scientific Societies
Memberships: None
  1. R.J. Forbes, A Short History of the Art of Distillation (Leiden, 1970), pp. 153, 158, 380. [Chem QD63.D6 F6] Hans Kango, Joachim Jungius Experimente und Gedanken zur Begruendung der Chemie als Wissenschaft; ein Beitrag zur Geistesgeschichte des 17. Jahrhunderts (Wiesbaden, 1968), p. 307. [QD14.K16]
  2. Christian Gottlob Joecher, Allgemeines Gelehrten-Lexicon (Leipzig, 1750-1751; repr., Hildesheim: Georg Olms, 1960), 2, 2081.
  3. Johann Christoph Adelung, Forsetzungen und Ergaenzungen zu Christian Gottlieb Joechers allgemeinem Gelehrten-Lexicon (Leipzig, 1784-1897; repr. Hildesheim: Georg Olms, 1960), 3, 312-13.
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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