Gilbert, William

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Gilbert, William Gender: M
born on 24 May 1544 Jul.Cal. (3 June 1544 greg.) at 14:20 (= 2:20 PM )
Place Colchester, England, 51n54, 0e54
Timezone LMT m0e54 (is local mean time)
Data source
Rodden Rating B
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_gemcol.18.gif 12°33' s_mo.18.gif s_cancol.18.gif 14°15 Asc.s_libcol.18.gif 11°47'

William Gilbert


English physician, physicist and natural philosopher. He passionately rejected both the prevailing Aristotelian philosophy and the Scholastic method of university teaching. He is remembered today largely for his book De Magnete (1600), and is credited as one of the originators of the term "electricity". He is regarded by some as the father of electrical engineering or electricity and magnetism. While today he is generally referred to as William Gilbert, he also went under the name of William Gilberd. The latter was used in his and his father's epitaph, the records of the town of Colchester, and in the Biographical Memoir in De Magnete, as well as in the name of The Gilberd School in Colchester, named after him. A unit of magnetomotive force, also known as magnetic potential, was named the 'gilbert' in his honour. William Gilbert died on 30 November 1603 in London. His cause of death is thought to have been the bubonic plague.

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  • Death by Disease 30 November 1603 Jul.Cal. (10 Dec 1603 greg.) (bubonic plague ?)
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Source Notes

Sy Scholfield cites an unauthored astrology chart in the Bodleian Library quoted in "The South-eastern Naturalist: Being the Transactions of the Scientific Societies, Volumes 28-31 (1923), p. 57: "the date of his birth . . . was 1544, a fact not only attested by the inscription on his portrait, formerly at Oxford and now unfortunately destroyed, but proved beyond dispute by a 'nativity' happily preserved, which definitely records his birth at 2.20 p.m., May 24th, 1544."


  • Vocation : Engineer : Electrical
  • Vocation : Humanities+Social Sciences : Philosopher
  • Vocation : Medical : Physician
  • Vocation : Science : Physics