Werner Rolfinck
Historical Figure
Nationality: Germany
Date of Birth: 1599
Date of Death: 1673
Cause of Death: Natural Causes
Occupation: Dean of the College of Medicine at Jena
1632 series
POD: May, 1631
Appearance(s): Grantville Gazette II, Grantville Gazette XXV
Type of Appearance: Direct
Werner Rolfinck (1599-1673) was a German physician, scientist and botanist. He was a medical student in Leyden, Oxford, Paris and Padua. He earned his master's degree at the University of Wittenberg under Daniel Sennert, and his MD in 1625 at the University of Padua under the guidance of Adriaan van den Spiegel. In 1629, he became a professor at the University of Jena, where he rearranged and expanded the university's botanical garden (the Botanischer Garten Jena). His experimental research involved chemical reactions and the biochemistry of metals. He rejected the view that other metals could be transformed into gold.

Werner Rolfinck in 1632Edit

Dr. Werner Rolfinck was Dean of the College of Medicine in Jena. As Dean of his field of study, Rolfinck was a forward-thinking man and made an effort to keep up with the latest information in the healing arts, especially after the appearance of Grantville. In 1633, Rolfinck fully agreed with allowing the Americans to share their medical knowledge in Jena.

In March 1634, Rolfinck investigated a number of ailing patients who had reportedly been healed at Pentecostal convert Dieter Fischer's tent meetings during his revival tour, and shared his findings with Dean Johann Gerhard of the College of Theology. The two deans had growing concerns about Dieter Fischer and the rising Pentecostal movement among the German population, including concerns about some of their students, and feared the possibilities that the Pentecostal faith could be used as a tool for a concerted demagogue.