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 Jean Fusoris
Jean Fusoris was born at Giraumont in the Ardennes in about 1355. His father was a pewterer. He studied medicine at the University of Paris. In Paris he established the first commercial workshop we know of in Europe, and a number of his astrolabes survive. His customers included the Duc d'Orleans, the King of Aragon and the Pope. He had an international clientele and once visited England to try to extract payment from the Bishop of Norwich. As a result of this visit he was imprisoned in France as a spy in 1415 and his career as a maker never really recovered. He died in 1436.

For instruments by Jean Fusoris, see:
   Astrolabe, Workshop of Jean Fusoris, French, circa 1450 (Leiden, Boerhaave)
   Astrolabe, Workshop of Jean Fusoris, French, circa 1400 (Oxford, MHS)
   Astrolabe, Workshop of Jean Fusoris, Paris, circa 1400 (Oxford, MHS)
   Astrolabe, Workshop of Jean Fusoris, French, circa 1400 (Oxford, MHS)

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