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Mordechai Feingold

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198835509

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198835509.001.0001

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Traces of a University Career in Renaissance Brandenburg

Traces of a University Career in Renaissance Brandenburg

The Scottish Mathematician and Physician John Craig at Frankfurt on Oder

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(p.130) Traces of a University Career in Renaissance Brandenburg
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History of Universities
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Pietro Daniel Omodeo

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198835509.003.0005

This chapter reviews the intellectual and professional career of John Craig of Edinburgh (died c.1620). Craig is one of those Scottish intellectuals who travelled across continental Europe, received a higher education in the main academic and cultural centres of the Renaissance, and eventually brought back to Britain experience and knowledge gained abroad. He spent about ten years at the Brandenburg University of Frankfurt on Oder. After serving for many years as a professor of mathematics and logic, and obtaining a medical degree from Basle, he returned to Scotland. He probably practiced medicine before becoming court physician to James VI of Scotland. He followed James to England at the time of his coronation in 1603. There, he was incorporated in the College of Physicians, as well as at Oxford University.

Keywords:   John Craig of Edinburgh, mathematician, physician, biography, Scottish

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