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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The detailed information Kaempfer brought back from his trip to Japan was sensational in its wealth and accuracy.

After stopping briefly in Siam, he arrived in Japan on 23 September at the island of Deshima or Dejima near Nagasaki in remote southwest Japan. 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.

In Engellbert he took his degree of Doctor of Physick MD at the University of Leyden, then returned to Lemgo, Germany 11 years after he had left ; there he hoped to write books based on his travels.

The fruits of this travel are detailed descriptions of various sites in the second part of the Amoenitates: His History of Japanpublished posthumously inwas the chief source of Western knowledge about the country for more than a century. Kaempfer, whose only wish was to study the country and its people, despaired at his confinement.

When Kaempfer arrived in Isfahan he followed his inquiries while employed at the Swedish legation. However, he and Chardin have been severely criticized by Cornelis de Bruijn for their allegedly inaccurate descriptions and drawings see DE BRUIJNthough de Bruijn fails to mention that he himself had stayed there nearly three months November to the end of January and, as a learned artist, had drawn all the structures directly from nature as Kaempfer had doneand that he had a better engraver than Kaempfer.


Engelbert Kaempfer – Cincinnati History Library and Archives

Henrici Wilhelmi Meyeri, Lemgo, 2 November Besides Japanese history, this book contains a description of the political, social and physical state of the country in the 17th century. September 15, Last Updated: He went to the universities of Krakow and Konigsberg languages, medical science, nature studies. Inat age 32, he managed to be engaged as secretary to the Royal Swedish Engelbet Extraordinary on a special mission to Persia, where he stayed until In he got his chance to go to Japan where he stayed in Nagasaki until Wikimedia Commons has media related to Engelbert Kaempfer.

On November 8, he married the young Maria Sophia Wilstach, with whom he had three children, who all died in their infancy. Library tours Online booking. Kaempfer’s work kaekpfer a lifetime remained a fragment due to his death.

A life of the author is prefixed to the History. During three days from Decemberhe examined every structure belonging to the palaces and other buildings almost without taking any time off. He reached new heights in describing foreign cultures.

His History of Japanpublished posthumously inwas the chief source of Western knowledge about the country throughout the 18th century. View Larger Image K. Having chosen to settle down in Swedenwhere he enrolled at Uppsala University, he won the esteem of several influential envelbert, through whom he was finally appointed as secretary to a legation destined for the Russian and Persian courts The Japanese, however, had great respect for and curiosity about European physicians.

Share Share this page more less. From Shemakha in Shirvanhe made an expedition to the Baku peninsulabeing perhaps the first modern scientist to visit the ‘fields of eternal fire’ around Baku.

Returning home in AugustKaempfer bought the Steinhof in Lieme, a small village near Lemgo, and practiced as a surgeon.

Engelbert Kaempfer – Wikipedia

Dictionary of Scientific Biography. Most important, as Kaempfer describes it in his History of Japanhe won the friendship and assistance of a discreet young man, by whose means I was richly supplied with whatever notice I wanted, concerning the affairs of Japan. As early as kaempfr, the Philosophical Transactions No.


Index search for “Kaempfer” on Internet available at http: Terwiel; V, Notitiae Malabaricae ced. Kaempfer’s original manuscripts are held by the British Library. He was awarded a medical degree at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands. Lemgo – Geburtsort Engelbert Kaempfer Amoenitatum Exoticarumpublished engelbwrtis important for its medical observations kadmpfer the first extensive description of Japanese plants Flora Japonica.

Gaur; VI, Kaempfef ded. During his stay in Japan, Kaempfer’s tact, diplomacy and medical skill overcame the cultural reserve of the Japanese. Kaempfer returned from Asia in October and enrolled at the University of Leiden. Most of his manuscripts and many objects from his collection are preserved in the British Library and the British Museum.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Amoenitatum exoticarumpublished inis important for its medical observations and the first extensive description of Japanese plants Flora Japonica. In Kaempfer traveled to Sweden Uppsala. By using this site, you kaekpfer to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Kaempfer’s journals and papers are in the Hans Sloane papers in the British Library.

Engelbert Kaempfer: The History of Japan (1727)

In spite of fever caught at Bander Abbasihe saw something of Arabia visiting Muscat in and many of the western coastlands of India. In he “settled” on an estate near his hometown intending to write about his travels. On this tiny only by feet artificial island in Nagasaki harbor, connected to the mainland by a narrow engrlbert except at high tide, the Dutch East India Company had maintained a trading station and colony sincethe only European station allowed in Japan for years.