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Guillaume Rondelet was professor of medicine at the University of Montpellier in southern France and Chancellor of the Medical Faculty from 1560. Famed as a teacher, Rondelet was also the author of a book Libri de Piscibus Marinis on the natural history of fishes. Having already studied at Paris from 1525, he was from 1529 an exact contemporary at Montpellier of the famous Nostradamus, whom, as Student Registar, he was soon ordered to expel from the student body for having been an apothecary in contravention of the Faculty's ban on members of 'manual' trades. He gained his doctorate in 1537. He may have been the model for Dr. Rondibilis in the Tiers livre of François Rabelais, who first enrolled there in 1530. A genus of fish, and a plant genus are both named Rondeletia after Rondelet. He is mentioned in Herman Melville's novel Moby-Dick, chapter 32.

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Guillaume Rondelet was professor of medicine at the University of Montpellier in southern France and Chancellor of the Medical Faculty from 1560. Famed as a teacher, Rondelet was also the author of a book Libri de Piscibus Marinis on the natural history of fishes. Having already studied at Paris from 1525, he was from 1529 an exact contemporary at Montpellier of the famous Nostradamus, whom, as Student Registar, he was soon ordered to expel from the student body for having been an apothecary in contravention of the Faculty's ban on members of 'manual' trades. He gained his doctorate in 1537. He may have been the model for Dr. Rondibilis in the Tiers livre of François Rabelais, who first enrolled there in 1530. A genus of fish, and a plant genus are both named Rondeletia after Rondelet. He is mentioned in Herman Melville's novel Moby-Dick, chapter 32. More

 
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