22 March 1644|
Oldenburg, County of Oldenburg
|Died||18 January 1707
Leipzig, Electorate of Saxony
|Residence||Electorate of Saxony|
|Fields||Philosopher and mathematician|
|Institutions||University of Leipzig|
|Alma mater||University of Leipzig|
|Doctoral advisor||Jakob Thomasius|
|Doctoral students||Christian Michelmann
Johann Christoph Wichmannshausen
|Known for||Acta Eruditorum|
He is the father of Johann Burchard Mencke.
Otto Mencke (1644–1707) was a 17th-century German philosopher and scientist. He obtained his doctorate at the University of Leipzig in 1666 with a thesis entitled: Ex Theologia naturali — De Absoluta Dei Simplicitate, Micropolitiam, id est Rempublicam In Microcosmo Conspicuam.
He is notable as being the founder of the very first scientific journal in Germany, established 1682, entitled: Acta Eruditorum. He was a professor of moral philosophy at the University of Leipzig, but is more famous for his scientific genealogy that produced a fine lineage of mathematicians that includes notables such as Carl Friedrich Gauss and David Hilbert.
The Mathematics Genealogy Project database records as many as 69,247 (as of August 2012[update]) mathematicians and other scientists in his lineage. The Philosophy Family Tree records 535 philosophers in his lineage as of May 2010[update].
Isaac Newton and Mencke were in correspondence in 1693.