Pierre Borel

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For the French writer of the nineteenth century, see Petrus Borel.
Portrait of Pierre Borel by Jacques Pauthe (fr)

Pierre Borel (Latin: Petrus Borellius; c. 1620 – 1671)[1] was a French savant: a chemist (and reputed alchemist), physician, and botanist.

He concerned himself with an eclectic range of subjects: optics, ancient history, philology and bibliography. His biographers have tended to deplore his spreading of himself over so many areas.

Life[edit]

Borel was born in Castres. He became a doctor of medicine at the University of Montpellier in 1640. In 1654 he became physician to the King of France, Louis XIV.

In 1663 he married Esther de Bonnafous. In 1674 he became a member of the Académie française. He died in Paris.

Works[edit]

  • Les antiquités de Castres, 1649
  • Bibliotheca chimica, 1654
  • Trésor de recherches et d'antiquités gauloises et françaises, 1655
  • Historiarium et observationum medico-physicarum centuria IV, 1653, 1656
  • De vero telescopii inventore, 1655.

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Farber, Eduard (1970–80). "Borel, Pierre". Dictionary of Scientific Biography 2. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons. pp. 305–306. ISBN 978-0-684-10114-9. 

References[edit]

  • Marie-Rose Carre, A Man between Two Worlds: Pierre Borel and His Discours nouveau prouvant la pluralité des mondes of 1657, Isis, Vol. 65, No. 3 (Sep., 1974), pp. 322–335
  • Pierre Chabbert, Pierre Borel (1620 ?-1671), Revue d’histoire des sciences 21 (1968), 303-43.

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