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Famous Deaths in 1684

  • Jan 5 Claude Audran II, French painter/engraver, dies at 44
  • Jan 15 Caspar Netscher, Dutch portrait painter, dies at about 48
  • Feb 12 Pietro Andrea Ziani, composer, dies at 67
  • Feb 21 Pieter van den Abeelen, Dutch medallist/jeweller, dies at about 75
  • Apr 5 William Brouncker, English mathematician (Brouncker's formula) and the 1st President of the Royal Society, dies at around 64
  • Apr 18 Gonzales Cocx, [Coques], painter, dies

Person of interestRoger Williams

Apr 19 Roger Williams, English theologian and colonist, dies at 80

Theologian and Colonist Roger Williams
Theologian and Colonist
Roger Williams
  • May 4 John Nevison, English highwayman (b. 1639)
  • May 8 Henri Dumont, composer, dies
  • May 12 Edme Mariotte, French physicist and priest
  • May 23 Adriaen Backer, Amsterdams painter buried at about 48
  • Jul 2 John Rogers, president of Harvard University (b. 1630)
  • Jul 6 Peter Gunning, English royalist churchman (b. 1614)

Person of interestElena Cornaro Piscopia

Jul 26 Elena Cornaro Piscopia, Italian mathematician and the 1st woman to receive an academic degree from a university, dies of tuberculosis at 38

Philosopher and Mathematician Elena Cornaro Piscopia
Philosopher and Mathematician
Elena Cornaro Piscopia
  • Aug 8 George Booth, 1st Baron Delamer (b. 1622)
  • Sep 5 John Uytenhage van Lacks, lawyer/author, drowned at 48
  • Sep 18 Joannes Antonides van der Goes, Dutch poet (Ystroom), dies at 37
  • Oct 1 Pierre Corneille, French poet and dramatist (El Cid, Polyeucte), dies at 42