Encyclopedia of Renaissance Philosophy

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Haak, Theodore

Born: 25 July 1605, Neuhausen
Died: 5 May 1690, London
  • William PooleEmail author
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-02848-4_497-1


Theodore Haak, born in Neuhausen in the Palatinate, eventually settled in England in 1638 after a number of earlier academic visits. There he formed an alliance with the intelligencer Samuel Hartlib and the irenicist John Dury. When the exiled Moravian Bishop Jan Amos Comenius arrived in England in the winter of 1641–1642, he was met by a welcoming committee consisting of Hartlib, Dury, Joachim Hübner, John Pell, and Haak himself. In 1645, according to the mathematician John Wallis, it was Haak who instigated the London meetings in experimental philosophy and medicine to which Wallis later traced the origin of the Royal Society of London. Haak served the English state as a diplomat and translator in the interregnum, and after the Restoration he was elected to the Royal Society in 1661, proposed by the President, the mathematician Viscount William Brouncker. He remained prominent and active, handling and translating foreign correspondence, and communicating books presented to...


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Primary Literature

  1. Haak, Theodore, ed. 1657. The Dutch Annotations upon the whole Bible, 2 vols. London: John Rothwell et al.Google Scholar

Secondary Literature

  1. Barnett, Pamela. 1962. Theodore Haak, F.R.S. (1605–1690): The first German translator of “Paradise lost”. The Hague: Anglica Germanica.Google Scholar
  2. Hunter, Michael. 1994. The Royal Society and its Fellows, 1660–1700: The morphology of an early scientific institution, 2nd ed. Chalfont St Giles: British Society for the History of Science.Google Scholar
  3. Poole, William. 2007. A fragment of the library of Theodore Haak (1605–1690). Electronic British Library Journal, Article 6.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.New CollegeOxford UniversityOxfordUK