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Erasmus Habermel

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Large sextant made by Habermel on display at Prague National Technical Museum, 2018

Erasmus Habermel (or Habermehl), c.1538 - 15 November 1606.[1]

Habermel was a renowned and prolific scientific instrument maker. Little is known about his background, but he may have come from Nuremberg. He was working in Prague from 1585 onwards, producing a wide range of mathematical and astronomical instruments. In 1593 he was appointed as instrument maker to Emperor Rudolf II in Prague. Nearly 150 of his instruments are known to have survived. [2]

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Sources of Information

  1. [1] Wikipedia
  2. [2] Epact website: Erasmus Habermel. Epact is an electronic catalogue of medieval and renaissance scientific instruments from four European museums