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Nicolaus Bernoulli (1623 - 1708)

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Nicolaus Bernoulli
Born in Basel, Basel, Schweizmap
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Husband of — married in Basel-Stadt, Switzerlandmap
Husband of — married [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died in Basel, Basel, Schweizmap
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Nicholaus Bernoulli

About the same time the Pilgrims left Holland for the New World, the Protestant Bernoulli family left the Catholic Netherlands as refugees. They traveled through Frankfurt and settled in Basel, Switzerland. The father of Nicholaus Bernoulli, Jacob Bernoulli (1598-1634[1]), married the Swiss, Maria Frey (1596-1625[1]) and thereby became a citizen in 1622. Nicholaus was born the next year.[2]

Nicolaus and his father were "Materialisten," a specialized merchant who dealt in bulk dry goods such as spices, pigments and medical ingredients. They were druggists, but not apothecaries. An apothecary was allowed to mix and sell compound medicines, and there were a very limited number in the city of Basel. They were members of the Guild of Saffron (Zunft zu Safran). Beginning in 1668, Nicolaus represented the guild on the Grossrat, which was the larger administrative council of Basel.[2]

Nicolaus Bernoulli and his first wife Margaretha Schönauer had many children. Some died young.[2]

  1. Gertrud Bernoulli (1647-1679)
  2. Maria (1649-1654)
  3. Margaretha (1652-1652)
  4. Anna (1653-1653)
  5. Jacob Bernoulli (1654-1705) - mathematician
  6. Anna Margaretha (1657-1662)
  7. Susanna (1660-1661)
  8. Nicolaus Bernoulli "the elder" (1662-1716) - portrait painter
  9. Emanuel (1665-1680)
  10. Johann I Bernoulli (1667-1748) - mathematician
  11. Hieronymus (1669-1760) - Guild of Saffron, druggist.

Margaretha died in 1673 and Nicholaus remarried in 1674.[2]

Nicholaus died on 8 March 1708 in Basel.[3] All four of his grown sons, named children Nicolaus, after their father.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Wikipedia Article on Judith's grandfather Emanuel Stupanus In the references section: Stroux, Ulrich. "Genealogie der Familie Stroux - Speiser "Auszug Stamm Im Hof / Imhof in Basel" Clicking on "Arrow" BnA produces a second pdf. document with the names of Jacob & Judith's children. The documents are unsourced.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Bernoulli, Jacob. Translated and introduced by Edith Dudley Sylla. The Art of Conjecturing, Together with Letter to a Friend on Sets in Court Tennis. JHU Press, 2006. (pp 1-)
  3. Eintrag auf Wikipedia

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