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Stahl, Georg Ernst

1. Dates
Born: Ansbach, Germany, ca. 20 Oct 1659
Died: Berlin, 4 May 1734
Dateinfo: Birth Uncertain
Lifespan: 75
2. Father
Occupation: Government Official
His father was Johann Lorenz Stahl, who was "Fürstlicher Hof-Raths-Secretarius" until 1664 and "Secretär des Anhalt- Brandenburgischen Kirchenkonsistoriums" from 1664-72.
If that isn't affluent, I don't know what is.
3. Nationality
Birth: Ansbcah, Germany
Career: Halle, Germany
Death: Berlin, Germany
4. Education
Schooling: Jena, M.D.
1679, matriculated at the University of Jena, where he studied medicine with Hoffmann, Rolfinck, and especially Georg Wolfgang Wedel. He received his M.D. in 1684. I assume a B.A. or its equivalent.
5. Religion
Affiliation: Lutheran
He was a devout pietist.
6. Scientific Disciplines
Primary: Medicine, Chemistry
7. Means of Support
Primary: Patronage, Academia, Medicine
Secondary: Schoolmastering
1684-7, he habilitated and lectured at the University of Jena as a Privatdozent.
1687-94, court physician at Weimar.
1694-1715, the second professor of medicine (there were two) at the new University of Halle. He received the reasonably low salary of 200 taler in 1698 and did not receive a raise until 1708. 1700-1 and 1710-11 he was Prorektor. There is explicit mention that he maintained a medical practice during these years.
1715-34, court physician at Berlin to Frederick William I of Prussia.
8. Patronage
Types: Aristrocrat, Court Official, Physician
He was physician to the Dukes of Weimar, appointed by Duke Johann Ernst of Sachsen-Weimar.
Frederick III, elector of Brandenburg, founded the University of Halle in 1694 in an effort to surpass his neighbors. He attracked Friedrich Hanke as first professor of medicine, who, needing help, was instrumental in Stahl's appointment as second professor of medicine.
At the request of Friedrich Wilhelm I, he became court physician at Berlin.
9. Technological Involvement
Type: Medical Practice
He practiced medicine his entire career, both as court physician and professor of medicine.
10. Scientific Societies
Memberships: Academia Leopoldina, Medical College
1700, he became a member of the Kaiserlich-Leopoldinisch- Carolinisch-Deutsche Akademie with the name "Olympiodoros."
He founded the short-lived chemical journal "Observationum chymico-physico-medicarum curiosarum mensibus singulis horro cum Deo continuandarum" (1697-8).
1715, he became the president of the Collegium medicum, the highest medical association in Prussia.
  1. A. Hirsch, Biographisches Lexikon der hervorragenden Aerzte aller Zeiten und Voelker (3rd ed., Munich, 1962), 5, 384-5.
  2. B. Lepsius, Allgemeine deutsche Biographie, 35, 780-6.
  3. Irene Strube, Georg Ernst Stahl [Biographien hervorragender Naturwissenschaftler, Techniker, und Mediziner, 76] (Leipzig: BSB B.G. Teubner, 1984). [QD22.S72 S77 1984]
Compiled by:
Richard S. Westfall
Department of History and Philosophy of Science
Indiana University

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