He was born in Halle on the Saale River around 1555-58; according to the St. James Church registry, he died in Coburg on July 25, 1616, and was buried three days later.
He attended secondary school in Halle, and on May 5, 1576, was admitted to the University of Wittenberg (now the Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg); he was admitted the University of Jena in 1577 as a medical doctor [candidate?].
In 1581, he became a teacher in Ilmenau; and in 1586, headmaster of the city boarding school. In 1588/89, he was admitted to the University of Basel, where he received his medical degree on July 2, 1588. On June 28 of that year, he was recognized as Crown Poet for 1579 [sic].
From 1588 to 1591, he was professor of science and poetry at Jena; in 1591, city physician; and in 1592, superintendent of schools in Rothenburg ob der Tauber as well. However, he did not have citizenship in Rothenburg, and is not known to have owned any property there. In 1607, he was appointed headmaster of the newly founded Casimirianum boarding school in Coburg.
He was a famous chemist, with numerous written works. His Alchemy (Frankfurt, 1597), probably his greatest work, a textbook on chemistry, was published in translation, with commentary, in 1964. (Friedemann Rex: Alchemie des Andreas Libavius. Verlag Chemie, Weinheim 1964, ISBN 3-527-25004-2) (see also: Universal German Biography, vol. 18, p. 530-32)
"geb. Halle/Saale (um 1555/58) † Coburg (Jac.), 25.7. begr. 28.7.1616, Schule Halle, 5.5.1576 imm. Wittenberg, 1577 imm. Jena als Dr. med., 1581 Lehrer in Ilmenau, 1586 Rektor der Rats- und Stadtschule in Coburg, 1588/89 imm. Basel, 2.7.1588 Dr. med. Basel, hier am 28.6.1588 zum gekrönten Dichter für das Jahr 1579 erkannt, 1588-91 Prof. der Geschichte und Dichtkunst in Jena, 1591 als Dr. med. Statphysicus und 1592 auch Schulinspektor in Rothenburg/Tauber, wurde aber nicht Bürger in Rothenburg, auch dort kein Grundbesitz nachweisbar, 1607 Rektor des neubegründeten Gymnasiums in Coburg. Bedeutender Chemiker, zahlreiche Schriften. Sein "Alchemia" ist wohl sein Hauptwerk (Frankfurt 1597), ein Lehrbuch der Chemie, das 1964 in Übersetzung und mit Kommentar veröffentlicht wurde (Verlag Chemie, Weinheim, XXXVIII + 564 + 20 + 136 Seiten). ADB 18, 530 ff."
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