# Malapert, Charles

, a poet and mathematician,
but less known in the latter character, was born at Mons
in Kainault, in 1581, and entered into the order of the
Jesuits. He taught philosophy at Pont-a-Mousson, whence
he went to Poland, where he was appointed professor of
mathematics, and afterwards filled the same office at
Doway. His reputation induced Philip IV. to give him
an invitation to Madrid, as professor of mathematics in his
newly-founded college, which he accepted, but died on
his way to Vittoria, Nov. 5, 1630. His Latin poems were
printed at Antwerp in 1634, and have been praised for purity of style, and imagery. Of his mathematical works
one is entitled “Oratio de Laudibus Mathematicis,” in
which he treats of the phenomena of the newly-discovered
Dutch telescope. The others are, “Institutions of Practical Arithmetic;” the “Elements of Geometry” “A Paraphrase on the Dialectics of Aristotle” and “Commentaries on the first six Books of Euclid.” ^{2}

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