Georgios Kalafatis (professor)

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Georgios Kalafatis
(Γεώργιος Καλαφάτης)
A portrait of Georgios Kalafatis.
A portrait of Georgios Kalafatis.
Born Georgios Kalafatis (Γεώργιος Καλαφάτης)
Chania, Crete, Venetian Empire
Died 1720
Padua, Republic of Venice
Occupation Medicine
Literary movement Italian Renaissance

Georgios Kalafatis (Greek: Γεώργιος Καλαφάτης, Italian: Giorgio Calafatti, Latin: Georgius Calafattus; ca. 1652 – ca. 9 February 1720) was a Greek[1] professor of theoretical and practical medicine[2] who was largely active in Padua and Venice in the 17th-century Italian Renaissance.


Georgios Kalafatis was born on the island of Crete in 1652, in the city of Chania (Canea). His father Stefanos Kalafatis belonged to a wealthy local Greek[1] family which was descended from the imperial Byzantine family.[2] Early in his career Georgios studied medicine eventually moving to Italy to further his education. Entering the University of Padua in 1679 he became professor of practical and theoretical medicine at the age of just 29.[2] In 1682 Kalafatis moved to Venice where he wrote Trattato sopra la peste, whilst there he met and married Alba Caterina Muazzo, a Venetian noblewoman. In 1692 he became a member of the Galileiana Academy of Arts and Science in Padua.[2] He died on February 9, 1720 in Padua and was buried along with his wife in the Basilica.[2]

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  1. ^ a b Boehm, Eric H. (1995). Historical abstracts: Modern history abstracts, 1450-1914, Volume 46, Issues 3-4. American Bibliographical Center of ABC-Clio. p. 755. OCLC 701679973. Between the 15th and 19th centuries the University of Padua attracted a great number of Greek students who wanted to study medicine. They came not only from Venetian dominions (where the percentage reaches 97% of the students of Italian universities) but also from Turkish-occupied territories of Greece. Several professors of the School of Medicine and Philosophy were Greeks, including Giovanni Cottunio, Niccolo Calliachi, Giorgio Calafatti...
  2. ^ a b c d e Francesco Ludovico Maschietto; Jan Vairo; William Crochetiere; Catherine Marshall (2007). Elena Lucrezia Cornaro Piscopia (1646-1684): the first woman in the world to earn a university degree. Saint Joseph's University Press. p. 252. ISBN 9780916101572. Giorgio Calafatti, son of Stefano, was born in 1652, in Canea on the island of Crete to a rich family descended from the imperial Byzantine family. He became professor of theoretical and practical medicine in 1679 at the University of Padua and a member of the Accademia dei Ricovrati in Padua in 1692. He wrote Trattato sopra la peste (Venice, 1682, in 40). He died in Padua on February 9, 1720, and was buried in the Basilica of the Saint along with his wife Alba Caterina Muazzo, a noble woman of Venice, who died on May 28, 1716.