Grotius, Hugo

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Grotius, Hugo Gender: M
born on 10 April 1583 (greg.) at 19:00 (= 7:00 PM )
Place Delft, Netherlands, 52n01, 4e22
Timezone LMT m4e22 (is local mean time)
Data source
Rodden Rating B
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_aricol.18.gif 20°12' s_mo.18.gif s_sagcol.18.gif 00°05 Asc.s_libcol.18.gif 23°17'

Hugo Grotius


Jurist in the Dutch Republic.

With Francisco de Vitoria and Alberico Gentili he laid the foundations for international law, based on natural law. He was also a philosopher, theologian, Christian apologist, playwright, historiographer and poet.

Grotius's influence on international law is paramount, and is acknowledged by, for instance, the American Society of International Law, which since 1999 holds an annual series of Grotius Lectures. Additionally, his contributions to Arminian theology provided the seeds for later Arminian-based movements, such as Methodism and Pentecostalism and he is acknowledged as a significant figure in the Arminianism-Calvinism debate. Because of his theological underpinning of free trade, he is also considered an "economic theologist".

While departing from a visit to Sweden, Grotius was shipwrecked on his voyage. He washed up on the shore of Rostock, ill and weather-beaten, and on August 28, 1645 he died.

Link to Wikipedia biography


Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes the Grotius Society's book, "Publications" (Sweet & Maxwell, 1925), p. 17: "Grotius was born at Delft on Easter Day, 10th April, 1583, at seven o'clock in the evening -- a coincidence which so appealed to his imagination that he always observed that festival, and not the actual date, as the anniversary of his birth."


  • Vocation : Law : Jurist