Andreas Vesalius

Andreas Vesalius was a Flemish anatomist and physician. He is considered as the founder of modern human anatomy.

Early life

Andreas Vesalius was born on 31 December 1514, in Brussels, Belgium. He was the son of Andries van Wesele and his wife, Isabel Crabbe. His ancestors were mostly prominent physicians and pharmacists. While still a boy Vesalius showed great interest in the dissection of animals.


In 1528 Vesalius entered the University of Leuven where he was studying arts, but when his father was appointed as the Valet de Chambre in 1532, he decided to pursue a career in medicine at