On This Day

Birthdays in History in 1616

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 13 Antoinette Bourignon, Flemish mystic/French religious fanatic
  • Jan 16 François de Vendôme, duc de Beaufort, French soldier (d. 1669)
  • May 24 John Maitland, 1st Duke of Lauderdale, born in Lethington Castle, East Lothian, Scotland (d. 1682)
  • Oct 2 Andreas Gryphius, German lyric poet and dramatist, born in Glogau, Silesia (d. 1664)
  • Oct 20 Thomas Bartholin, Danish physician, mathematician, and theologian (d. 1680)
  • Nov 19 Eustache Le Sueur, French painter

Person of interestJohn Wallis

Dec 3 John Wallis, English mathematician and cryptographer who introduced ∞ as a symbol for infinity, born in Ashford, England (d. 1703)

Mathematician and Cryptographer John Wallis
Mathematician and Cryptographer
John Wallis