Authorised form of nameBoerhaave; Herman (1668 - 1738)
Other forms of nameHermann
Dates1668 - 1738
Place of birthVoorhout, Netherlands
Date of birth31 December 1668
Place of deathLeyden, Netherlands
Date of death23 September 1738
Research fieldMedicine
Grammar School in Leyden; Leyden; BPhil (1690); Harderwijck; MB (1693)
Practised in Leyden; Lecturer in Medicine, Leyden (1701); offered chair of medicine at Groningen but declined (1703); Professor of Botany (1709-1729) and of Medicine (1709-1738), Leyden; supervied the University Botanical Garden; helped Carl Linnaeus (FRS 1753) in his classification of plants; revived clinical teaching at Leyden and attracted some 1100 students from all over Europe, including over 600 English-speaking ones; Professor of Chemistry, Leyden (1718-1729); became ill through overwork (1723); invited to be Physician to the Tsarina; by the 1730s he was the most famous man of science in Europe; died of heart disease
Academie Royale des Sciences
Membership categoryFellow
Date of election30/04/1730
RelationshipsSon of Jacobus Boerhaave, clergyman, and his second wife, Hagar Daelder; married Maria Drolenvaux
Bulloch's Roll; DSB
Simon Schaffer, 'The Glorious Revolution and Medicine in Britain and the Netherlands' in NR 1989 vol 43 pp 167-190
J A Chaldecott, 'Cromwell Mortimer, FRS (c. 1698-1752) and the Invention of the Metalline Thermometer for Measuring High Temperatures' in NR 1969 vol 24 pp 113-135
Proposed by Cromwell Mortimer; Sir Hans Sloane; a Secretary
Virtual International Authority File
Royal Society codeNA8371
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
IM/000419Boerhaave, Hermannd
EL/B3/50Paper, 'Experiments with quicksilver' by Herman Boerhaave1736
LBO/21/1Copy extract of a letter from Herman Boerhaave to Cromwell Mortimer18 February 1734
LBO/23/53Copy letter from Hermann Boerhaave
CLP/22ii/84Proposal, Proposal to amend [Jan] Swammerdam's work on 'Biblia naturae' by Herman Boerhaave18th century
IM/000420Boerhaave, Hermannd
EL/B3/21Translation of a letter, from Herman Boerhaave to Cromwell Mortimer1734
EL/B3/52Letter, from Herman Boerhaave to Job Baster, dated at Leyden17 February 1738
EL/B3/51Translation of a letter, from Herman Boerhaave to Cromwell Mortimer, dated at Leyden10 May 1737
EL/B3/56Translation of part of a letter, from Herman Boerhaave to Cromwell Mortimer, dated at Leyden8 September 1738
EL/B3/53Translation of a letter, from Herman Boerhaave to Job Baster, dated at Leyden12 February 1738
MC/8/163Letter from the commission for the erection of a statue to the memory of Boerhaave, Leiden, to H W [William Hallowes] Miller, Foreign Secretary of the Royal Society31 March 1868
EL/B3/20Letter, from Herman Boerhaave to Cromwell Mortimer, dated at Leyden17 February 1734
MC/8Volume 8 of miscellaneous correspondence regarding business matters, sent to the Royal Society1867-1869
EL/B3/22Letter from Herman Boerhaave to Cromwell Mortimer17 February 1734
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