Al-Kindi

Full name: 
Ya'qūb Ibn Ishāq Al-Kindī
Arabic name: 
يعقوب بن إسحاق الكندي‎
Latin name: 
Alkindus
Date of birth: 
801
Date of death: 
873

A Muslim Arab polymath who flourished in Baghdad (c. 801–873 CE). He was a philosopher, scientist, astronomer, chemist, mathematician, musician, physician, and physicist. Al-Kindi was the first of the Muslim Peripatetic philosophers, and among his numerous other accomplishments he is well known for his efforts to introduce Greek philosophy to the Arab world, and as a pioneer in cryptology and physics.

See for detailed bio-bibliographies FSTC (2007), Al-Kindi; Al-Kindi, Cryptography, Code Breaking and Ciphers; Peter Adamson, "Al-Kindi" in The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Winter 2006, online edition); M. al-Allaf, "Al-Kindi's Mathematical Metaphysics"; and Al-Kindi's website at Islamic Philosophy Online.