Werner Rolfinck

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Werner Rolfink
Born(1599-11-15)15 November 1599
Died6 May 1673(1673-05-06) (aged 73)
Alma materUniversity of Wittenberg
University of Padua
Known forStudy of chemical reactions and the biochemistry of metals
Scientific career
FieldsMedicine, botany, chemistry, philosophy
InstitutionsUniversity of Jena
Doctoral advisorDaniel Sennert
Adriaan van den Spiegel[1]
Doctoral studentsGeorg Wolfgang Wedel[1]

Werner Rolfink (15 November 1599 – 6 May 1673) was a German physician, scientist and botanist. He was a medical student in Leiden, Oxford, Paris, and Padua.


Rolfink earned his master's degree at the University of Wittenberg under Daniel Sennert, and his MD in 1625 at the University of Padua under the guidance of Adriaan van den Spiegel.

In 1629, he became a professor at the University of Jena,[2] where he rearranged and expanded the university's botanical garden (the Botanischer Garten Jena). His experimental research involved chemical reactions and the biochemistry of metals acquiring him the title of "director of chemical exercises".[3] He rejected the view that other metals could be transformed into gold.



  1. ^ a b "Academic Genealogy of the NDSU Department of Chemistry, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology" (PDF). North Dakota State University, USA. Retrieved March 16, 2012.
  2. ^ "So mancher hatte Angst, "gerolfinckt" zu werden". University of Jena, Germany. Retrieved March 19, 2012.
  3. ^ Bruce T. MORAN; Bruce T Moran (30 June 2009). Distilling Knowledge: Alchemy, Chemistry, and the Scientific Revolution. Harvard University Press. pp. 106–. ISBN 978-0-674-04122-6. Retrieved 14 June 2013.

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