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Pereira [Pererius], Benedictus

1. Dates
Born: Ruzafa, Spain, 1535
Died: Rome, 6 Mar 1610
Dateinfo: Dates Certain
Lifespan: 75
2. Father
Occupation: No Information
No information on financial status.
3. Nationality
Birth: Ruzafa, Spain
Career: Italy
Death: Rome, Italy
4. Education
Schooling: Collegio Romano, D.D.
After joining the Jesuit order, he was sent to Sicily and Rome to complete his education.
As a full Jesuit, he would have had a doctorate in theology.
Picatoste says that he completed his B.A. at the University of Valencia and then entered the order. This seems impossible.
5. Religion
Affiliation: Catholic
1552, joined the Jesuit order.
6. Scientific Disciplines
Primary: Scholastic Philosophy
Subordinate: Mechanics
7. Means of Support
Primary: Church Life
In Rome, at the Collegio Romano (the Jesuit institution), he taught logic, natural philosophy, metaphsics, theology, and became a known exponent on Sacred Scripture.
8. Patronage
Type: Eccesiastic Official
He dedicated books to Cardinals Gaetani (or Caetani) and Caraffa, and to Camilo Caetani, Patriarch of Alexandria.
9. Technological Involvement
Types: None
10. Scientific Societies
Memberships: None
  1. Pierre Bayle, Grande dictionnaire historique..., 7 (Amsterdam, 1740), 126 [D9.M8 v.7] A de Backer, ed., (Sommervogel) Bibliotheque de la Compagnie de Jesus, 6, (Brussels-Paris), 499-507 [Lilly Z7840.J5 B123]
  2. Marcial Solana, Historia de la filosofia española en el siglo XVI, 3 vols. (Madrid, 1941) 3, 373-401.
  3. William Wallace, Galileo's Early Notebook, pp. 14-15.
  4. Pedro de Ribadeneira, Bibliotheca scriptorum societatis jesu.
  5. Nicolas Antonia, Bibliotheca hispana nova.
  6. Felipe Picatoste y Rodriguez, Apuntes para una biblioteca cientifica española del siglo XVI, (Madrid, 1891).
  7. There is surprisingly little information about a man who was so important in the culture of his time. The sources just repeat the same minimal facts about his life.
Compiled by:
Richard S. Westfall
Department of History and Philosophy of Science
Indiana University

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