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Authorised form of nameWitsen; Nicolaus (1641 - 1717); traveller and diplomat
Other forms of nameWitsen, Nicolaas Corneliszoon
SurnameWitsen
ForenamesNicolaus
Dates1641 - 1717
NationalityDutch
Dates and placesBirth:
Amsterdam, Netherlands (08 May 1641)
Death:
Amsterdam, Netherlands (10 August 1717)
ActivityResearch Field:
Mathematics; Shipbuilding
Education:
Leyden; LLD (1664)
Career:
Travelled to Moscow as Secretary to the Dutch Legation (1664); travelled in Italy, France, Switzerland, and Germany; Member of the Dutch East India Company; Burgomaster of Amsterdam 13 times (1682-); assisted French Refugees after the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes (1685), earning the epithet 'Consolateur des Francois affligez' from Gregorio Leti (FRS 1681); Negotiator for the Accession of William III to the throne of England (1689); Curator of Leyden University in succession to Coenraad van Beuningen (FRS 1682); friend of Czar Peter the Great on his visit to Holland (1698)
Royal Society activityMembership:
Fellow
Election Date:
30/11/1689
RelationshipsSon of Cornelis Janszoon Witsen, Burgomaster of Amsterdam, and his wife, Catharina Opsy or Opsie; married Catharina Hochepied
SourcesSources:
Bulloch's Roll; Hunter; BIB
References:
J R Bruijn, 'William III and His Two Navies' in NR 1989 vol 43 pp 117-132
Virtual International Authority File106969992
Royal Society codeNA8030
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
EL/D1/40Part of a letter from Roelof Diodati to Nicolaus WitsenAugust 1697
EL/W3/52Letter from Nicolaus Witsen, dated at Amsterdam14 February 1695
EL/W3/51Nicolaus Witsen (1641-1717) to Henry Oldenburg1671
EL/W3/54Nicolaus Witsen, dated at Amsterdam, to Martin Lister3 October 1698
RBO/8/67Concerning the effects of an earthquake on the mountain about the Tangorusa and Batavian Rivers 1699
LBO/13/5Copy letter from Hans Sloane, London, to Mr J Witsen4 October 1700
CLP/9i/56Paper, 'A relation of the bad condition of the mountains about theTungarouse and Batavian rivers, having their source from thence, occasioned by the earthquake between the 4th and 5th of January 1699' by unknown author[1699]
CLP/6/56Paper, weights of liquids and gunpowder by unknown author[1697]
EL/W3/53Letter from Nicolaus Witsen, dated at Amsterdam1697
IM/004979Witsen, Nicolausnd
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