Born: Oc­to­ber 5, 1676, Sor­au, Si­le­sia (now Ża­ry, Po­land).

Died: Oc­to­ber 5, 1711, Hal­le, Ger­ma­ny.


Richter gra­du­at­ed from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Hal­le, and be­came iden­ti­fied with the cel­e­brat­ed or­phan­age there. He was a stu­dent of me­di­cine, as well as theo­lo­gy.

A Chris­tian phy­si­cian and sci­en­tist, he took his re­li­gion in­to ev­ery­thing that he did. He per­formed ma­ny che­mi­cal ex­per­i­ments, for which he pre­pared him­self by spe­cial pray­er, and in­vent­ed ma­ny com­pounds which came in­to ex­ten­sive use un­der the name of the Hal­le me­di­cines.

Among the ho­ly men and gift­ed writ­ers of hymns and oth­er forms of de­vo­tion­al li­te­r­ature who made fa­mous the ear­li­er school of Ger­man Pie­tists at Hal­le, Rich­ter was one of the most not­ed.



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