Jan Gerard Kerkherdere

correspondent and praise poem author
Birth or Baptism date: 
November 7, 1677
Death or Burial date: 
March 16, 1738

Born near Maastricht, educated at the university in Leuven.

From 1700 to 1738, Kerkherdere was professor of Latin at the Drievuldigheidscollege in Leuven.

1708 he was appointed historiographer to the emperor Joseph I, who died three years later.

Kerkherdere wrote about history, chronology, and geography using the Bible as a primary source.

In 1716, several of the faculty at Leuven presented Leeuwenhoek with a medal. The following year, Kerkherdere was one of the poets published in Lauwerkranssen (laurel wreathes), a booklet of praise poems on the occasion of the awarding of the medal.

Leeuwenhoek addressed two of the Send-Brieven to him, one in June 1716 thanking him for the poem and the other in July 1717.