He described the Ginkgo in his work “Amoenitatum Exoticarum” (Lemgo, ). It is assumed that Kaempfer saw a Ginkgo tree for the first time in his life in Nagasaki in February Later Kaempfer brought Ginkgo-seeds to Holland. KAEMPFER, ENGELBERT, German physician and traveler to Russia, the Orient, and the Far East (b. Lemgo, Westphalia, 16 September ;. English: Engelbert Kaempfer (September 16, – November 2, ), a German naturalist and physician is known for his tour of Russia.

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TAGS amoenitates engelbert kaempfer kaempfer oriental cultures. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Kaempfer paid maempfer a handsome salary and taught him everything he wanted to know; in return the young man brought Kaempfer every book he wanted and answered his many questions. The standard author abbreviation Kaempf.

Engelbert Kaempfer 1651–1716: a biography

Kaempfer stayed in Isfahan until the end of the Swedish negotiations. Subcategories This category has the following 2 subcategories, out of 2 total. As a medical doctor he could help in many instances where the local medicine would not be sufficient and as a natural scientist gifted with an excellent observational capacity he did record everything with minute details. He became the secretary to the Swedish embassy, which was to establish trade relations with Russia and Persia by the order of Charles.

He wrote two books about his travels.

Most have been published since The Dutch East India Company established a trading post on a man-made island not considered Japanese soil in the bay of Nagasaki. GF Corporation Deutsch Contact. A Biographytr. Dictionary of Scientific Biography. Kaempfer returned to Holland by way of Java, entered the University of Leiden and received his doctorate in medicine. During his stay in Japan, Kaempfer’s tact, diplomacy and medical skill overcame the cultural reserve of the Japanese.

I, Heutiges Japan aed. He brought some Ginkgo seeds back that were planted in the botanical garden in Utrecht. Kaempfer died on November 2, Beschreibung seiner Japanreise und ihre Wirkung im Due to his training in many topics such as mathematics, astronomy, natural science and medicine, Kaempfer must be seen as the first person with a scientific approach to countries in Asia which are very different from Europe.


Being surgeon at the court in Detmold took too much time and prevented him from engaging in further research, and he felt embittered for having venues and opportunities barred to him in his final years. Fascicle IIIed. Kaempfer returned from Asia in October and enrolled at the University of Leiden. He spent the following winter studying Javanese natural history. There he came across a book by Adam Olearius and his famous account about the embassy to the shah of Persia.

Inhe married sixteen-year-old Maria Sophia Wilstach, but their marriage was not a happy one. During this time, Kaempfer studied the language, geography, and plants of the region.

Engelbert Kaempfer

Acquiring a very liberal education and preparing himself for the profession of Physick physicianKaempfer quickly showed himself to be naturally brilliant and inquisitive, with a remarkable capacity for learning foreign languages. Kaempfer, whose only wish was to study the country and its people, despaired at his confinement. Afterwards he decided not to return with the legation, but to proceed further into Asia for more studies.

The only shortcoming perhaps is that not all of the pictures are included. Having finished his thesis, he graduated on April 22, as a Doctor of Medicine. The diplomatic aim of the Swedish legation in Isfahan brought Kaempfer to the ejgelbert, where he could observe Persian customs, manners, and rituals. Share Share this page more less.

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Wikimedia Commons has media related to Engelbert Kaempfer. Flora Japonicarepr. The chief Japanese officer of the island allowed the young man to continue as Kaempfer’s servant during the latter’s entire two-year stay in Japan and to accompany him and the Dutch Director of Commerce on two trips, in andto the Shogun’s distant capital Edo today’s Tokyo. Find it in our catalog!


Papers of Engelbert Kaempfer — and related sources from the British Library10 reels, 35 mm positive microfilm, Marlborough, Wiltshire, [contains the manuscripts of the British Library]. He went to the universities of Krakow and Konigsberg languages, medical science, nature kempfer.

To this end he entered the service of the V. He elicited much valuable information.

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The detailed information Kaempfer brought back from his trip to Japan was sensational in its wealth and accuracy. Introduction Engelbert Kaempfer was born In Germany into a family of a vicar. The chapters on torpedo fish, mummy mumiyehand the Dracunculus worm are especially related to Persia see Bowers and Carruba,; Amoenitates, pp.

Muntschick, Marburg, [contains the fourth part of the Amoenitates ]. Index search for “Kaempfer” on Internet available at http: Engelbeet he had traveled to Java and in was appointed a member of a Dutch trade mission bound for Japan.

On October 31,Kaempfer left Dejima to go to Batavia.

He walked several times through it, visited various gardens and places, and completed a comprehensive investigation of its structure. He entered the employment by a local count at Detmold as medical doctor, which however did not leave him much time for his intended publication. Today most of his archives are preserved in the British Library, the British Englebert, and the Natural History Museum in London, except for a few documents scattered in various locations in England and Germany Bonn, In when the History of Japan was published it became an immediate success and with 12 editions must be considered kaempfe absolute bestseller.

Retrieved from ” https: Icones selectae plantarum, quas in Japonia collegit et delineavit Engelbertus KaempferLondon ; repr.

After twelve years abroad, Kaempfer returned to Europe inlanding at Amsterdam.