Updated: 09/15/2017 by Computer Hope
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)
- 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.
- 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."
"Nothing is more beautiful than to know all."