de Vargas, "El Magnífico"
Born: Madrid, date unknown He published a book in 1563, with
part of it dated 1560.
Died: Spain, sometime after 1569
Dateinfo: Flourished (two dates give known period)
Occupation: No Information
Perez claimed distinguished
lineage and used the title "Magnifico." There is absolutely
no evidence independent of his claim.
No information on financial
Birth: Madrid, Spain
Schooling: No University
Affiliation: Catholic (assumed)
6. Scientific Disciplines
Primary: Metallurgy, Alchemy
Subordinate: Astronomy, Astrology
7. Means of Support
Few biographical details
are known. He claimed his parents were of distinguished lineage,
and thus he appended the title 'magnifico' to his name.
From Madrid he moved
to Malaga, probably to the town of Coin.
Types: Aristocracy, Court
His Fabrica del universo
was dedicated to Pedro Faxardo, Marques de Molina.
His De re metallica
was dedicated to the "Principe," which I am pretty
sure referred to Philip II.
9. Technological Involvement
De re metallica talked
about the utility of what it contained, but I found no evidence
that Perez was actually involved in any metallurgical operation.
10. Scientific Societies
Felipe Picatoste y Rodriquez, Apuntes para una bibliotheca cientifica
espagnola del siglo XVI (Madrid, 1891), pp. 253-5.
José Maria Lopez Piñero, et al., Diccionaria historico
de la ciencia moderna en España, 2 vols. (Barcelona: Ediciones
Peninsula, 1983). U.G.P. Paoli, "El magnifico caballero
Bernardo Perez de Vargas," Revista de la Academia de ciencias
de Madrid, 31 (1934), 132- 45.
Not consulted: Eugenio Maffei and Ramon Rua Figeroa, Apuntes
para una bibliotheca espagnola, 2 vols. (Madrid, 1873).
Fuente: The Galileo Project Development
Team. Texto: D.R.
Richard S. Westfall
Department of History and Philosophy of Science