Petrus Camper (1722 - 1789)

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Birthplace: Leiden, South Holland, Netherlands
Death: Died in 's-Gravenhage, South Holland, Netherlands
Occupation: hoogleraar Universiteit Franeker
Managed by: Jan Johannes (Jan) Faber
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About Petrus Camper

Peter, Pieter, or usually Petrus Camper (May 11, 1722 – April 7, 1789), was a Dutch physician, anatomist, physiologist, midwife, zoologist, anthropologist, paleontologist and a naturalist. He studied the orangutan, the rhinoceros, and the skull of a mosasaur, which he believed was a whale. One of the first to interest himself in comparative anatomy and paleontology, he also invented the measure of the facial angle. Camper was not a dull professor in his library, becoming a celebrity in Europe and a member of the Royal Society. He was interested in architecture, mathematics, and made drawings for his lectures. He designed and made tools for his patients, always trying to be practical. Besides he was a sculptor, a patron of art and a conservative politician.

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May 11, 1722
Leiden, South Holland, Netherlands
May 13, 1722
Leiden, South Holland, Netherlands
April 11, 1756
Age 33
Franeker, Friesland, Netherlands
February, 1757
Age 34
Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands
March, 1758
Age 35
Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands
March 31, 1759
Age 36
Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands
October, 1760
Age 38
Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands
June 3, 1762
Age 40
Franeker, Friesland, Netherlands
April 7, 1789
Age 66
's-Gravenhage, South Holland, Netherlands