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Khunrath [Kunrath], Heinrich

1. Dates
Born: Leipzig, ca. 1560
Died: Dresden (or Leipzig), 9 Sep 1605
Dateinfo: Birth Uncertain
Lifespan: 45
2. Father
Occupation: Unknown
It is generally assumed, but not proven, that he is the brother of Conrad Khunrath.
No information on financial status.
3. Nationality
Birth: Leipzig, Germany
Career: Germany
Death: Dresden [or Leipzig], Germany
4. Education
Schooling: Leipzig; Basel, M.D.
It is not known whether he is identical with Henricus Conrad Lips, who enrolled at the University of Leipzig in the winter of 1570.
1588, University of Basel, matriculated in May and received his M.D. in September. I assume the equivalent of a B.A.
5. Religion
Affiliation: Lutheran (assumed).
6. Scientific Disciplines
Primary: Alchemy
7. Means of Support
Primary: Medicine
He practiced medicine at least in Hamburg (in 1598) and at Dresden.
He may have been a professor at Leipzig.
8. Patronage
Type: None
9. Technological Involvement
Type: Medical Practice
10. Scientific Societies
Memberships: None
  1. Ladenburg, Allgemeine deutsche Biographie, 15, 709.
  2. Christian Gottlob Joecher, Allgemeines Gelehrten-Lexicon (Leipzig, 1750-1751; repr., Hildesheim: Georg Olms, 1960), 2, 2081-2.
  3. Johann Christoph Adelung, Forsetzungen und Ergaenzungen zu Christian Gottlieb Joechers allgemeinem Gelehrten-Lexicon (Leipzig, 1784-1897; repr. Hildesheim: Georg Olms, 1960), 3, 313-14.
  4. Thorndike, 7, 273-5.
  5. Walter Pagel, Das medizinische Weltbild des Paracelsus (Wiesbaden: Franz Steiner, 1962), pp. 71-2, 93, plates 2 & 3. [R147.P2 P13] Claude K. Deischer and Joseph L. Rabinowitz, "The Owl of Heinrich Khunrath: Its Origin and Significance," Chymia, 3 (1950), 243- 4. [Chem QD11.C56]
Compiled by:
Richard S. Westfall
Department of History and Philosophy of Science
Indiana University

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