The Galileo Project
site map

Mello, Francisco de

1. Dates
Born: Lisbon, 1490
Died: Evora, 27 April 1536
Dateinfo: Dates Certain
Lifespan: 46
2. Father
Occupation: A Noble
No information on financial status.
3. Nationality
Birth: Portuguese
Career: Portuguese
Death: Portuguese
4. Education
Schooling: Paris, M.A., D.D.
The son of as Portuguese noble, Mello was a protegé of King Manuel I who sent him to Paris, financing it, to study. He was a student of Lax. Studied in Paris from 1512 to 1521. B.A. along the way. He earned both an M.A. and a licentiate in theology.
5. Religion
Affiliation: Catholic
6. Scientific Disciplines
Primary: Mathematics
Mello wrote extensively on mathematics, including Euclid's optics and Archimede's hydrostatics.
7. Means of Support
Primary: Patronage
8. Patronage
Type: Court
Upon his return to Portugal, Mello was the tutor to the King's children.
He was also on the royal council, and he was prominent on the Junta of Budajoa that attempted to establish the line down the Atlantic dividing (after the Papal decision) the Portuguese and Spanish overseas possessions.
There is one assertion that he was rector of the University of Lisbon for four years.
Shortly before his death, he was appointed Bishop of Goa; he never went there of course.
9. Technological Involvement
Type: Cartography
10. Scientific Societies
Memberships: None
  1. Grande enciclopedia portuguese e brasileira.
  2. Innocencio Francisco da Silva, Diccionario bibliografico portugues, 3, (Lisbon, 1859), 8-10.
  3. M. Bataillon, "Erasme et la cour de Portugal," in Bataillon, Etudes sure le Portugal au temps de h'humanisme, (Coimbra, 1952), pp. 49-100. Though it had little about Mello, I did see a book in Portuguese, shelved almost next to Bataillon, on the cultural situation in Portugal at the time of Manuel I and Joao III.
Not Available and Not Consulted
  1. Anonio Ribeiro dos Santos, "Memoria da vida e escritos de Don Francisco de Mello," Memorias de literatura portuguesa publicadas pela Academia Real das sciencias de Lisboa, 7 (Lisbon, 1806), 237-49.
Compiled by:
Richard S. Westfall
Department of History and Philosophy of Science
Indiana University

Note: the creators of the Galileo Project and this catalogue cannot answer email on geneological questions.

©1995 Al Van Helden
Last updated
Home | Galileo | Biography | Chronology | Family | Portraits |
Science | Christianity | Library | About | Site Map | Search

Please note: We will not answer copyright requests.
See the copyright page for more information.