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Stampioen, Jan Jansz. de Jonge

1. Dates
Born: Rotterdam, 1610.
Died: The Hague, after 1689
Dateinfo: Death Uncertain
Lifespan: 79
2. Father
Occupation: Artisan, Engineer
Jan Jansz. Stampioen, maker of astronomical instruments and an official surveyor. I list him as both artisan and engineer.
No information on financial status.
3. Nationality
Birth: Dutch
Career: Dutch
Death: Dutch
4. Education
Schooling: No University
No mention of a university.
5. Religion
Affiliation: Calvinist (assumed)
6. Scientific Disciplines
Primary: Mathematics
1632, published on spherical trigonometry.
1639, a work on algebra.
A challenge problem involving cubics that he issued anonymously generated a bitter dispute with Waessenaer, in which Descartes was covertly involved.
7. Means of Support
Primary: Schoolmastering, Patronage
He taught mathematics in Rotterdam.
He became tutor to Prince William (II) in 1638 and moved to the Hague.
In The Hague he opened a printing shop, but it appears that it sole function was to issue Stampioen's writings.
In 1644 he became tutor in mathematics to the two Huygens boys.
8. Patronage
Types: Court Official, Government Official
See above.
He dedicated his Algebra to Prince Frederik Hendrik.
9. Technological Involvement
Types: Cartography, Navigation
He issued a topographical map in 1650.
In 1698 (the last thing known about him) he served as a technical expert in a test of a method to determine longitude.
10. Scientific Societies
Memberships: None
  1. Nieuw Nederlandsch Biographisch Woordenboek.
  2. Bierens de Haan, "Bouwstoffen voor de geschiedenis der wis- en natuurkundigen wetenschappen en de Nederlanden, XXX: J.J.
  3. Stampioen de Jonge en Jacob Waessenaer," Verslagen en mededeelingen der Koninklijke Akademie van Wetenschappen, Afdeeling Natuurkunde, 3rd ser., 3, (Amsterdam, 1887), 69-119.
  4. There is simply not much information about Stampioen, who is known primarily for having crossed swords with Descartes.
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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