Biographical Encyclopedia of Astronomers

2014 Edition
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Jungius, Joachim

  • Robert Alan Hatch
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-9917-7_9309

Alternate Name

 Jung, Junge

BornLübeck, Germany, 22 October 1587

DiedHamburg, Germany, 23 September 1657

Joachim Jungius’ astronomical contributions included some early observations of sunspots and also of the variable star Mira.

A talented German polymath, Joachim Jungius left a large legacy that included logic, mathematics, medicine, educational reform, and scientific organization as well as notable contributions to botany, natural history, and particularly “corpuscular chemistry.” Much of Jungius’s completed work has been lost. Although he had prepared a number of works for publication, some 50,000 manuscript pages were reportedly destroyed by fire in 1691. In retrospect, Jungius had more talent than luck. Known throughout his homeland, his local legacy took the form of disciples, some 40 unpublished disputations, several posthumous compilations, and a rich correspondence that remain largely unknown. Although evidence remains incomplete, Jungius’s letters show how little-known...

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Selected References

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of HistoryUniversity of FloridaGainesvilleUSA