Werner Rolfinck

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Werner Rolfink
Born (1599-11-15)15 November 1599
Died 6 May 1673(1673-05-06) (aged 73)
Nationality German
Alma mater University of Wittenberg
University of Padua
Known for Study of chemical reactions and the biochemistry of metals
Scientific career
Fields Medicine, botany, chemistry, philosophy
Institutions University of Jena
Doctoral advisor Daniel Sennert
Adriaan van den Spiegel[1]
Doctoral students Georg 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.



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