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Thomaz, Alvaro [Alvaro Tomas, Alvarus Thomas]

1. Dates
Born: fl
Dateinfo: Dates Certain
2. Father
Occupation: No Information
No information on financial status.
3. Nationality
Birth: Portuguese
Career: French
Death: Unknown
4. Education
Schooling: Paris, M.A.
Identified as a regent of the Collège de Coqueret at Paris, 1509, in the colophon of his own principal work. I assume B.A.
Mentioned in the archives of the university as receiving (I wonder if this doesn't mean rather functioning as) M.A. at the same college, 1513. However, if he functioned as a teaching master, he probably received the degree.
5. Religion
Affiliation: Catholic
6. Scientific Disciplines
Primary: Scholastic Philosophy, Mathematics
Published Liber de triplici motu proportionibus, 1509, in the tradition of the calculatores--a work both of mathematics and of scholastic physics.
Thomaz was the calculator par excellence in Paris in the early 16th century, the principal stimulus to the revival of interest in the Mertonian approach to natural philosophy.
7. Means of Support
Primary: Academic
Beyond the few details above, nothing is known about Thomaz.
8. Patronage
Type: None
9. Technological Involvement
Type: None
10. Scientific Societies
Memberships: None
  1. Grande enciclopedia portuguesa e brasileira.
  2. Edward Grant, Nicole Oresme: De porportionibus proportionum, (Madison, 1966).
  3. Ricardo G. Villoslada, La Universidad de Paris durante los estudios de Francisco de Vitoria, vol. 14 of Analecta Gregoriana, Series Fac. Hist. Ecc. Sectio B, num. 2 (Roma, 1938), pp. 404-7. Pierre Duhem, Etudes sur Leonarda da Vinci, 3, pp. 531-55, 557, 561.
Not Available and Not Consulted
  1. Julio Rey Pastor, Los matematicos espanoles de siglo XVI, Biblioteca scientia, no. 2 (Toledo, 1926), pp. 82-9.
Compiled by:
Richard S. Westfall
Department of History and Philosophy of Science
Indiana University

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