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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
  1. Felipe Picatoste y Rodriquez, Apuntes para una bibliotheca cientifica espagnola del siglo XVI (Madrid, 1891), pp. 253-5.
  2. 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.
  3. 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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