- 1. Dates
- Born: Bologna, c. 1530
- Died: Bologna, 2 Feb. 1598
- Dateinfo: Birth Uncertain
- Lifespan: 68
- 2. Father
- Occupation: Aristocrat
- We are told only that Ruini came from a noble family. Since he himself was a senator of Bologna, this is credible.
- No information about financial status.
- 3. Nationality
- Birth: Italian
- Career: Italian
- Death: Italian
- 4. Education
- Schooling: No University
- There is simply no information about his education.
- 5. Religion
- Affiliation: Catholic
- 6. Scientific Disciplines
- Primary: Anatomy
- He is remembered chiefly for the two-volume Anatomia del cavallo, infermite et suoi remedii (Bologna, 1598), which went through several editions during the 17th century. The first volume deals mainly with anatomy, and the second specifically with equine diseases and their cures.
- 7. Means of Support
- Primary: Personal Means, Law
- He was an aristocrat, senator, and high-ranking lawyer.
- 8. Patronage
- Type: Eccesiastic Official
- Four weeks before his death, Ruini composed the dedication of the Anatomia (which appeared that year after his death) to Cardinal Pietro Aldobrandini, the nephew of Clement VIII. This is clearly dubious as patronage, but I have decided to list it.
- 9. Technological Involvement
- Type: Agriculture
- The work on veterinary medicine seems to fit best under this category.
- 10. Scientific Societies
- Memberships: None
- Dizionario enciclopedico italiano, 10, (Rome, 1959), 622.
- Pagel, "Ruini," Biographisches Lexicon der hervorragenden Arzte aller Zeiten und Volker, 2nd ed., (Berlin-Vienna, 1932), 4, 921. Z6658.B615AE35.D516
- H.P. Bayon, "The Authorship of Carlo Ruini's 'Anatomia del Cavallo'," Journal of Comparative Pathology and Therapeutics, 48 (1935), 138-49.
- G.B. Ercolani, Carlo Ruini--Curiosità storiche e bibliografiche intorno alle scoperte della circolazione del sangue, (Bologna, 1873). A passionate claim that Ruini discovered the circulation of the blood.
- There is precious little information about this man who is known only for his one book.
- Compiled by:
- Richard S. Westfall
- Department of History and Philosophy of Science
- Indiana University
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