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Rothmann, Christoph

1. Dates
Born: between 1599 and 1608
Died: fl
Dateinfo: Dates Certain
2. Father
Occupation: No Information
No information on financial status.
3. Nationality
Birth: Bernburg, Anhalt, Germany
Career: Germany
Death: Bernburg, Anhalt, Germany
4. Education
Schooling: Wittenberg
1575, admitted to University of Wittenberg, where he studied theology and mathematics (maybe under Praetorius). No degree is mentioned.
5. Religion
Affiliation: Lth: Lutheran (assumed)
6. Scientific Disciplines
Primary: Astronomy
7. Means of Support
Primary: Patronage
?-1577, presumed to have been employed by Joachim Ernst von Anhalt.
1577-90, worked as 'mathematicus' for Wilhelm IV, Landgrave of Hesse.
1590, after visiting Tycho Brahe in Hveen for one month, he returned to his home town where he occupied himself with theological controversies.
8. Patronage
Types: Aristrocrat, Court Official
He received a stipend from Joachim Ernst von Anhalt (1536- 1586) to write the manuscript "Christophori Rothmanni... astronomia," and is presumed to have been in his service when he visited Kassel to inspect the Landgrave's instruments in 1577.
Wilhelm IV, Landgrave of Hesse, was his major patron for most of his career.
9. Technological Involvement
Type: None
Rothmann seems not to have been adept at instrument making. Buergi was responsible for the fabrication of the Landgrave's instruments.
10. Scientific Societies
Memberships: None
Connections: corresponded with Tycho Brahe.
  1. Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie, 29, (Leipzig, 1889), 370-2.
  2. [CT1053.A4 v.29]
  3. Rudolf Wolf, Geschichte der Astronomie, (Munich, 1877), 272-3.
  4. [Microprint Q111 L2 no.W102]
  5. Bruce Moran, "Christoph Rothmann, the Copernican Theory, and Institutional and Technical Influences on the Criticism of Aristotelean Cosmology," Sixteenth Century Journal, 13.3 (1982), 85-103. [D220.S62]
Compiled by:
Richard S. Westfall
Department of History and Philosophy of Science
Indiana University

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