Biography of Petrus Ramus

This article contains a concise biographical timeline for Petrus Ramus (1515-1572). He was an influential French humanist who was killed in the St. Bartholomew’s Day massacre.

“Ramus’s history covered more ground than his predecessors, including the entire sweep of history from creation to his present, and he incorporated all mathematical arts, from philosophy to hydraulics.” N. Popper [1]

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1515 – He in born in Cuts, Picardy.

1543 – He publishes Aristotelicae Animadversiones. He is accused of undermining the foundations of philosophy and religion by Jacques Charpentier.

1547 – His Institutiones Dialecticae is published.

1548 – His Scholae Dialecticae is published.

1551 – Henry II appoints him a regius professor at the Collège de France and is given the title Professor of Philosophy and eloquence.

1555 – He publishes Dialectique and Arithmétique.

1561 – He converts to Protestantism.

1567 – He publishes Prooemium mathematicum in Paris.

1568-1570 – He travels among Germany and Switzerland.

1569 – He publishes Scholarum mathematicarum libri unus et triginta in Basle.

1572 – He dies in the St. Bartholomew’s Day massacre.

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