1517 in science
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- A third epidemic of sweating sickness in England hits Oxford and Cambridge.
- German surgeon Hans von Gersdorff publishes his Feldbuch der Wundarzney ("Field book of surgery").
- June 29 – Rembert Dodoens, Flemish physician and botanist (died 1585)
- October 5 – Leonardo Fioravanti, Bolognese physician (died 1588)
- Pierre Belon, French naturalist (died 1564)
- Jacques Pelletier du Mans, French mathematician (died 1582)