Rembert Dodoens

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Rembert Dodoens

Rembert Dodoens
Born 29 June 1517(1517-06-29)
Mechelen
Died 10 March 1585(1585-03-10) (aged 67)
Leyden
Occupation physician and botanist
Spouse Kathelijne de Bruyn(e)
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Rembert Dodoens (29 June 1517 – 10 March 1585) was a Flemish physician and botanist. He is also known by his Latinized name Rembertus Dodonaeus.

Biography[change | edit source]

Dodoens was born in Mechelen. In 1530 he began his studies in medicine, cosmography and geography at the University of Leuven. He graduated in 1535. He became a physician in Mechelen in 1538. He married Kathelijne De Bruyn(e) in 1539. He had a short stay in Basel (1542–1546). He turned down a chair at the University of Leuven in 1557. He also turned down an offer to become court physician of emperor Philip II of Spain. He became the court physician of the Austrian emperor Rudolph II in Vienna (1575–1578). He then became professor in medicine at the University of Leiden in 1582, and remained there until his death.

Dodoens wrote Cruydeboeck in 1554. In his times, it was the most translated book after the Bible. It became a work of worldwide renown, used as a reference book for two centuries.[1]

The plant genus Dodonaea was named after him by Carolus Linnaeus.

References[change | edit source]

  1. "Rembert Dodoens: iets over zijn leven en werk – Dodoens' werken" (in Dutch). Plantaardigheden – Project Rembert Dodoens (Rembertus Dodonaeus). Stichting Kruidenhoeve/Plantaardigheden, Balkbrug, the Netherlands. Revised 20 December 2005. http://plantaardigheden.nl/dodoens/over_dodoens/leven_en_werk.htm#dodoens. Retrieved 17 May 2007.