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Re: VMs: Ioannes Marci


sorry for typo, should be: 
Per Czech publication "Who was who" (Kdo byl Kdo, Rovina 1992),


======= At 2004-07-02, 15:52:00 you wrote: =======

>following the compilation of some info about Marci -  you may already know most of it, anyway.
>    Jan Marek Marci (1595-1667) 
>Per Czech site: http://www.lanskrounsko.cz/czech/index.asp 
>Jan Marek Marci (Joannes Marcus Marci de Cronland) was born on 13th June 1595 in
>Lanskroun (Kronwald). His family moved 1601 in  Litomysl (Leitomischl), where his 
>father  was the burgrave of the castle belonging to  the House of Pernstein. After seven 
>years they moved again to Jindrichuv Hradec (Neuhaus), where Marci entered the Jesuit 
>school. Due to his weak health ( lung  and eye disease) he was  not accepted into Jesuit 
>Order and he left to study philosophy and theology in Olomouc (Olmütz). In 1615 he 
>graduated  in philosophy and he demonstrated his Czech  patriotism by adding to his 
>name  "Ioanus Marcus Lanczkrounský" adjective "Boemus".
>In  1618 he enrolled in Prague university to study medicine. In 1626,  he became the 
>doctor of medicine and later the professor of Charles' University. During the fight for 
>university independence he took the stand against Jesuit university Clementinum.
>The Prague university was divided  in 1638, Jesuits taking Theology and Philosophy, while 
> the Medicine plus Law stayed with lay Charles'  University, created 
>by Emperor Charles IV in 1348). 
> He got involved in the defense of Prague against Swedes (general Konigsmark). In 
>October  1654 he was given the nobility title (falckrabe) "de Kronland". He was eight times 
>the Dean of the Medical faculty and in 1662 he was elected the Rector of Prague University. 
>Beside his teaching  profession, he also had a private medical office and well  known 
>success - for which he was selected to be a personal doctor of the Emperor Ferdinand 
>III.  He was also a personal friend of patriotic Jesuit priest Bohuslav Balbin. Beside his 
>achievements in medicine and physics he spoke several languages: German, Latin, Greek,
> Hebrew, Arabian, Italian and Spanish. He also studied Syrian and Chaldeian languages.  
>In the last years of his life, he became completely blind. He died  on 16th April  1667, the  oldest professor at that time. 
>Per Czech publication "Who was who" (Kdo byl Kdo, Rovina 1692):
>He was mainly known by his knowledge of medicine, physics, philosophy and astronomy. 
>Some of his discoveries preceded even those whose names they are bearing today, namely 
>in optics. Due to 30 years war, his works was not so well publicized worldwide, but his 
>works were known by Huygens and he also sent his works to Galileo. He met with William Harvey, who personally visited him in 1636 in Prague and it  may be possible 
>that the Royal Society  was ready to offer him its membership. Before that 
>happened, he died.
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