Athanasius Kircher

Updated: 09/15/2017 by Computer Hope
Athanasius Kircher

Name: Athanasius Kircher

Born: May 2, 1601 or 1602 in Geisa, Imperial Abbey of Fulda, Holy Roman Empire

Death: November 27/28, 1680 (Age: 78/79)

Computer-related contributions

  • 17th-century German Jesuit scholar.
  • Published approximately 40 works most in the fields of geology, oriental studies and medicine.
  • Compared to Leonardo da Vinci for his enormous range of interests.
  • Interest in technology and mechanical inventions, including a magnetic clock, various automatons and the first megaphone.
  • Establish the link between the ancient Egyptian and the modern Coptic languages.
  • Some regard him as the founder of Egyptology.
  • One of the first people to observe microbes through a microscope.
  • Before his time in proposing that the plague was caused by an infectious microorganism.

Significant publications

  • Physiologia Kircheriana experimentalis (1680).
  • Sphinx mystagoga: sive Diatribe hieroglyphica, qua Mumiae, ex Memphiticis Pyramidum Adytis Erutae (1676).
  • Ars magna sciendi sive combinatorica (1669).
  • Oedipus Aegyptiacus (1652).

Honors and awards

  • Honored with the title "master of a hundred arts."


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