Gerhard Wolter Molanus


Born: No­vem­ber 1, 1633, Ham­eln, Ger­ma­ny.

Died: Sep­tem­ber 7, 1722, Ha­no­ver, Ger­ma­ny.


Gerhard was the son of Wilcke Lud­wig van der Mueln (or Mo­la­nus).

He stu­died at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Helm­stedt.

In 1659, he was ap­point­ed Pro­fess­or of Ma­the­ma­tics at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Rin­teln, but in 1664 ex­tra­or­di­na­ry, and in 1665 or­di­na­ry Pro­fess­or of Theo­lo­gy and D.D.

In 1674, he was ap­point­ed Di­rect­or of the Con­sis­to­ry at Ha­no­ver and Ge­ne­ral Su­per­in­ten­dent of the Elect­or­ate of Bruns­wick-Lü­ne­burg. Mo­la­nus was a man of ex­ten­sive learn­ing, and in his of­fi­cial po­si­tion wield­ed great in­flu­ence over the Elect­or­ate.

In 1677, he was ap­point­ed (ti­tu­lar) Ab­bot of Loc­cum.

In 1698, he ed­it­ed the Ha­no­ver Ge­sang­buch.



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