With the appointment of Matthias Jakobsen at the University of Copenhagen on August 29/September 8, Stensen’s hope for a position suitable for him in his country disappeared. Since on the next day, the heirs of Anna Stichman (Jakob Kitzerow and Niels Stensen), were paid 300 rigsdaler, Niels might have decided to again take up his study travels in the first days of that autumn, if not earlier, to ensure the possibility of a life as a researcher abroad. Fr. Sylvius, the Leiden anatomist, convinced him of how much benevolence and consideration, based on his performance so far, he could count on by doing so. He found his reasons not to go back to Leiden compelling. Sylvius advised Stensen to go to Paris and undertook to procure him the degree of medical doctor in Leiden in absentia. As he was announced, on December 4, the Senate, on the recommendation of the faculty of medicine and of other professors, agreed and based its decision above all on the disputations already delivered by Stensen and on his published books. The diploma was sent to him in Paris.
KeywordsRoyal Society Seventeenth Century Religious Question Gifted Mathematician Royal Library
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