Robert Of Chester

In a British Museum manuscript,'one of Plato of Tivoli 's translations is preceded by a translation of the Judgements of the astrologer Alkindi by one Robert of Chester.11 Little is known of Robert except that he was an English mathematician, astronomer, alchemist and translator from Arabic into Latin. He lived in Spain about 1141-7 where he was archdeacon of Pamplona, before removing to London in 1150, so he could easily have come into contact with Plato.

Robert of Chester was also responsible in 1144 for translating perhaps the first work on alchemy into Latin. In The Book of Morienus Robert states that the Latin world does not yet know of the strange science of alchemy. However it took very little time for both these arts to 'catch on' in Europe.

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