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Reinhold, Erasmus

1. Dates
Born: Saalfeld, Germany, 22 Oct 1511
Died: Saalfeld, 19 Feb 1553
Dateinfo: Dates Certain
Lifespan: 42
2. Father
Occupation: Scribe/Amanuensis
A long time secretary to an abbot.
No information on financial status.
3. Nationality
Birth: Saalfeld, Germany
Career: Germany
Death: Saalfeld, Germany
4. Education
Schooling: Wittenberg
Information is sketchy. His name is inscribed in the Dean's book at the University of Wittenberg for 1530. It is probable he studied under Milichius. No mention of any degree is made. From what follows, I nevertheless assume one.
5. Religion
Affiliation: Lutheran : Lutheran (assumed)
6. Scientific Disciplines
Primary: Astronomy
7. Means of Support
Primary: Academia
1536, appointed professor of mathematicum superiorum (astronomy) at University of Wittenberg.
Elected dean of the college of arts in 1540-1, and dean of the college of philosophy in 1549.
1549-50, rector.
1552, fled the plague to his hometown of Saalfeld, where he died.
8. Patronage
Types: Eccesiastic Official, Court Official
Philip Melanchton seems to have been of some help to Reinhold. He appointed Reinhold, and was helpful in getting support from the Duke of Prussia.
Duke Albrecht of Prussia acted as Reinhold's patron, paying the printing costs of the Prutenic Tables (Prutenic stood both for Albrecht and Copernicus).
9. Technological Involvement
Types: None
10. Scientific Societies
Memberships: None
  1. Guenther, "Reinhold," Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie, 28, (Leipzig, 1889), 77-9. [ref. CT1053.A4 v.28] Fortsetzungen und Ergaenzungen zu C.G. Joechers allgemeinen Gelehrten-Lexikon, 6, (Bremen, 1819), cols. 1722-3. [ref. Z1010.J64 Suppl.]
Not Available and Not Consulted
  1. Ernst Koch, "Magister Erasmus Reinhold aus Saalfeld" in Saalfelden Weihnachtsbuchlein (Saalfeld, 1908), pp. 3-16.
  2. Evidently this is a rare pamphlet. A copy is known to exist in the Zinner collection, Malcolm Love Library, California State University, San Deigo.
Compiled by:
Richard S. Westfall
Department of History and Philosophy of Science
Indiana University

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1995 Al Van Helden
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