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Ruini, Carlo

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
  1. Dizionario enciclopedico italiano, 10, (Rome, 1959), 622.
  2. Pagel, "Ruini," Biographisches Lexicon der hervorragenden Arzte aller Zeiten und Volker, 2nd ed., (Berlin-Vienna, 1932), 4, 921. Z6658.B615AE35.D516
  3. H.P. Bayon, "The Authorship of Carlo Ruini's 'Anatomia del Cavallo'," Journal of Comparative Pathology and Therapeutics, 48 (1935), 138-49.
  4. 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.
  5. 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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