- 1. Dates
- Born: Le Bugue, c. 1582
- Died: c. 1645
- Dateinfo: Both Dates Uncertain
- Lifespan: 63
- 2. Father
- Occupation: Unknown
- No information on financial status.
- 3. Nationality
- Birth: French
- Career: French
- Death: French
- 4. Education
- Schooling: Montaubon, M.A.; Montpelier, M.D.
- He took his M.A. at Montaubon. He matriculated in 1605 and studied medicine at the University of Montpellier, graduating M.B. in 1607 and M.D. in 1609. I assume the equivalent of a B.A.
- 5. Religion
- Affiliation: Catholic
- 6. Scientific Disciplines
- Primary: Chemistry
- His fame rests solely on his Essays de Jean Rey docteur en médecine, (Bazas, 1630), a reply to apothecary Pierre Brun's request for an explanation of why tin and lead increase in weight when heated. The essays, appealing to reason, observation and experiments, anticipated Lavoisier's recognition in 1722 that calcination involves combination with air.
- Hoefer writes that domestic difficulties forced him to put aside his studies in chemistry, but no further details are given.
- 7. Means of Support
- Primary: Medicine
- Practiced medicine at Le Bugue.
- Few details are known of his life as a physician, except that he seems to have been highly regarded. The last record of him shows that he was still alive in 1645.
- 8. Patronage
- Type: Aristrocrat
- Rey dedicated his Essays to the Duc de Bouillon.
- 9. Technological Involvement
- Types: Medical Practice, Mechanical Devices
- Rey claimed to have received royal privileges for an air compressor. He claimed to have invented an air-gun some years before Rivault published his work in 1608.
- 10. Scientific Societies
- Memberships: None
- His friends were Jean Brun, an apothecary, Deschamps, a physician, and Pierre Trichet. He corresponded with Mersenne and Descartes.
- Hoefer, Nouvelle biographie générale, (Paris, 1857-66).
- Michaud, Biographie générale.
- Jean Rey, The Essays of Jean Rey, Introduction by D. McKie, (London, 1951). QD11.A36 NO.11 D.McKie, in Ambix, 6 (1957-1958), 136-9. QD13.A49
- J.R. Partington, A History of Chemistry, 2, (London, 1961), 631-6. QD11.P27
- Compiled by:
- Richard S. Westfall
- Department of History and Philosophy of Science
- Indiana University
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