Jacob ben Machir ibn Tibbon

Full name: 
Jacob ben Machir ibn Tibbon
Arabic name: 
יעקב בן מכיר ׳ן תיבון
Latin name: 
Prophatius
Date of birth: 
1236
Date of death: 
1304

Jacob ben Machir ibn Tibbon, known as Don Profeit or Profatius Judaeus (ca. 1236-1305). Profatius studied medicine at Montpellier and seems to have lived in Spain for a year. He translated from Arabic to Hebrew Euclid's Elements and Data, Alhazen's On the Configuration of the World, Autolycus of Pitane's On the Moving Sphere, and works of al-Ghazali, Averroes, Qusta ibn Luqa, Ibn al-Saffar, al-Zarqali, and Jabir ibn Aflah. Following the example of Abraham bar Hiyya, he collaborated with Christian scholars to produce Latin version of Arabic treatises on the exact sciences, and some of his own works as well.

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