Alois Martin David

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Alois Martin David
Alois Martin David, rektorský portrét 1816.JPG
Born8 December 1757 Edit this on Wikidata
Died22 February 1836 Edit this on Wikidata (aged 78)
Prague Edit this on Wikidata
OccupationAstronomer Edit this on Wikidata

Alois Martin David (8 December 1757 in Zeberheisch, Bohemia - 22 February 1836 in Tepl Abbey) was a Bohemian Catholic clergyman, astronomer, and cartographer. He was rector of Charles-Ferdinand University in Prague.[1]

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He grew up in Tepl. He studied philosophy, physics, mathematics, and theology at Prague University. He studied with Jan Tesánek. He was a professor of metaphysics at the University of Prague, and worked at the Prague Observatory.[2] He wrote to Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.[3] He was a member of the Royal Bohemian Society of Sciences. From 1806 to 1831, he was the secretary. He was dean at Charles-Ferdinand University. He was a member of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities. In 1815 he was appointed "Royal Astronomer".

The asteroid 6385 Martindavid was named after him.

References[change | change source]

  1. Kulik, Jakob Philipp (1837). Biographie des Martin Alois David (in German). Haase.
  2. Šternberg, Graf Kašpar (1902). Ausgewählte Werke des Grafen Kaspar von Sternberg (in German). J.G. Calve (Josef Koch).
  3. Germany), Goethe-Gesellschaft (Weimar, Thuringia; Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von (1904). Schriften der Goethe-Gesellschaft (in German). Hermann Böhlaus Nachfolger.

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