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Helmont, Joan Baptista van

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Author(s): Roodnat, Albert
Helmont, Joan Baptista van, * 12 Jan 1579 (Brussels), † 30 Jan 1644 (Brussels) 1. Life Joan Baptista van Helmont was the youngest child of Marie de Stassart and Christian van Helmont, who died one year after his son's birth. Van Helmont's education was considered of prime importance. At an early age he began his studies in philosophy and classics at the University of Leuven, but both the academic climate and the subjects taught left him deeply disappointed. Frustrated, he turned to astronomy, algebra and Euclid…