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Achilles Gasser

Achilles Gasser

German physician and astrologer
Achilles Gasser
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Intro German physician and astrologer
A.K.A. Achille Pirmin Gasser
Was Physician Historian Astrologer
From Germany
Type Healthcare Social science
Gender male
Birth 3 November 1505, Lindau, Germany
Death 4 December 1577, Augsburg, Germany (aged 72 years)
Star sign ScorpioScorpio
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Achilles Pirmin Gasser (3 November 1505 – 4 December 1577) was a German physician and astrologer. He is now known as a well-connected humanist scholar, and supporter of both Copernicus and Rheticus.

Achilles Gasser, 17th-century engraving.


Born in Lindau, he studied mathematics, history and philosophy as well as astronomy. He was a student in Sélestat under Johannes Sapidus; he also attended universities in Wittenberg, Vienna, Montpellier, and Avignon.

Rheticus lost his physician father Georg Iserin in 1528, executed on sorcery charges. Gasser later took over the practice in Feldkirch, in 1538; he taught Rheticus some astrology, and helped his education, in particular by writing to the University of Wittenberg on his behalf.

When Rheticus printed his Narratio prima—the first published account of the Copernican heliocentric system—in 1540 (Danzig), he sent Gasser a copy. Gasser then undertook a second edition (1541, Basel) with his own introduction, in the form of a letter from Gasser to Georg Vogelin of Konstanz. The second edition (1566, Basel) of De revolutionibus orbium coelestium contained the Narratio Prima with this introduction by Gasser.

Gasser died in Augsburg.


Title page of the De magnete in the 1558 edition by Gasser.

He prepared the first edition (Augsburg, 1558) of the Epistola de magnete of Pierre de Maricourt.

Other works include:

  • Comet observations
  • Historiarum et Chronicorum totius mundi epitome (1532)
  • Prognosticon (1544) dedicated to Thomas Venatorius
  • Edition of the Evangelienbuch of Otfried of Weissenburg. His edition did not appear until 1571, under the name of Matthias Flacius who had taken over.

Gasser belonged with Flacius to the humanist circle around Kaspar von Niedbruck, concerned with the recovery of monastic manuscripts. Others in the group were John Bale, Conrad Gesner, Joris Cassander, Johannes Matalius Metellus, and Cornelius Wauters.

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