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Rheita, Anton Maria Schyrlaeus

1. Dates
Born: Bohemia, 1597
Died: Ravenna, 1660
Dateinfo: Dates Certain
Lifespan: 63
2. Father
Occupation: Unknown
No information on financial status.
3. Nationality
Birth: Bohemia
Career: Bohemia, Germany part of the time, and possibly. Italy (but given the silence I do not list it)
Death: Ravenna, Italy
4. Education
Schooling: No University
5. Religion
Affiliation: Catholic
Catholic, a Capuchin (Franciscan). He was a priest and a member of the community of Capuchins at Rheita, Bohemia, until the Thirty Years War.
6. Scientific Disciplines
Primary: Astronomy
7. Means of Support
Primary: Church Life, Academia
Until around 1618, he was a Capuchin monk. He was only 21 at that time, but it seems quite unlikely that he suddenly deserted the order.
By the 1640s he was a philosophy professor at Trier.
It is unknown when or why he went to Ravenna.
8. Patronage
Type: None
9. Technological Involvement
Type: Instruments
Rheita describes his own invention, an eyepiece for a Keplerian telescope, which left the image reverted, in Oculus Enoch et Eliae (1645).
10. Scientific Societies
Memberships: None
  1. According to the D.S.B. there are no secondary sources.
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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