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Georg Wolfgang Kraft

( German mathematician and physicist, who had a basic knowledge of astrology.)

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Biography Georg Wolfgang Kraft
(15.07.1701, Tuttlingen, Wuerttemberg - 12.06. (or 16.07.) 1754, Tц+bingen)
To. was educated at Tц+bingen, where in 1725, Mr.. received a Master of Philosophy. In the same year. invited to St. Petersburg, where he lectured in mathematics at school and became an associate of the Academy of Sciences. In 1730, Mr.. K. was appointed full professor of mathematics and a member of the Academy, in 1731, Mr.. - Professor of Theoretical and Experimental Physics, and in 1738, Mr.. - Superintendent of the Petersburg High School. In 1744, Mr.. K. returned to Tц+bingen where he became professor of mathematics and physics in the Collegium illustre. Since 1745, Mr.. - A foreign honorary member of the St. Petersburg Academy.

To. giving astrological advice Ioanovna Russia's Empress Anna (1730 - 1740), who believed unequivocally astrological predictions. It is up to 1735 g. lay responsibility for the compilation of calendars. K. also engaged astrological study comparing the forecast methodology of historians, meteorologists and astrologers. According to the academician Jacob von Stahlin, Anna of Russia often appealed to the Academy of Sciences, demanding answers to their questions and problems:

"These things are always dealt with the case ... professor of mathematics and experimental physics, Mr.. Kraft, which on this occasion to court the taste of the adjacent more to astrology, and through it the rule adopted in deciding the amazing tasks, such as, given his horoscope nameless unfortunate Prince Ivan and pr. Often, when the long inclement weather sent the empress to the academy with the question: when the weather? Professor Craft has always answered by his reckoning, . as he himself publicly at the academy told, . and the answers he always performed at the appointed day to reinforce the imperial favor to the Academy ...".,
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. - Author of numerous works on mathematics, astronomy, physics, biology.
Seung K., Wolfgang Ludwig Krafft (1743 - 1814), also became a renowned scholar, professor of astronomy at the St. Petersburg Academy of Sciences.

Literature:
1. Smirnov and. Astrology from different points of view.
2. Astrological Dictionary.
3. Poggendorff JC. Biographisch-literarisches Handwoerterbuch zur geschichte der exacten Wissenschaften ...


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