Perez de Vargas, Bernardo
- 1. Dates
- Born: Madrid, date unknown He published a book in 1563, with part of it dated 1560.
- Died: Spain, sometime after 1569
- Dateinfo: Flourished (two dates give known period)
- Lifespan: N/A
- 2. Father
- Occupation: No Information
- Perez claimed distinguished lineage and used the title "Magnifico." There is absolutely no evidence independent of his claim.
- No information on financial status.
- 3. Nationality
- Birth: Madrid, Spain
- Career: Spain
- Death: Spain
- 4. Education
- Schooling: No University
- 5. Religion
- Affiliation: Catholic (assumed)
- 6. Scientific Disciplines
- Primary: Metallurgy, Alchemy
- Subordinate: Astronomy, Astrology
- 7. Means of Support
- Primary: Unknown
- Few biographical details are known. He claimed his parents were of distinguished lineage, and thus he appended the title 'magnifico' to his name.
- From Madrid he moved to Malaga, probably to the town of Coin.
- 8. Patronage
- Types: Aristocracy, Court
- His Fabrica del universo was dedicated to Pedro Faxardo, Margues de Molina.
- His De re metallica was dedicated to the "Principe," which I am pretty sure referred to Philip II.
- 9. Technological Involvement
- Types: None
- De re metallica talked about the utility of what it contained, but I found no evidence that Perez was actually involved in any metallurgical operation.
- 10. Scientific Societies
- Memberships: None
- Felipe Picatoste y Rodriquez, Apuntes para una bibliotheca cientifica espagnola del siglo XVI (Madrid, 1891), pp. 253-5.
- José Maria Lopez Piñero, et al., Diccionaria historico de la ciencia moderna en España, 2 vols. (Barcelona: Ediciones Peninsula, 1983). U.G.P. Paoli, "El magnifico caballero Bernardo Perez de Vargas," Revista de la Academia de ciencias de Madrid, 31 (1934), 132- 45.
- Not consulted: Eugenio Maffei and Ramon Rua Figeroa, Apuntes para una bibliotheca espagnola, 2 vols. (Madrid, 1873).
- Compiled by:
- Richard S. Westfall
- Department of History and Philosophy of Science
- Indiana University
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