HAAK, THEODORE [SSNE 6622]

Surname
HAAK
First name
THEODORE
Title/rank
Nationality
GERMAN
Region
Social status
Education
Religion

Text source

Theodore Haak (1596-1680) was a refugee from the Palatinate in Germany. He studied at both Oxford and Cambridge where he was ordained as Deacon. Haak acted as an agent for Johann Amos Comenius [SSNE 6616] in England and arranged that he should be welcomed as a religious refugee by the Bishop of Lincon. He also worked for the English state during the Commonwealth period in both publishing and translating. He states that he was a founder of the Royal Society, though his name does not appear as such in the official records of that body. He was made a member on 20 May 1663, the same day as John Pell (1610-1685). Haak has been associated with the Freemasons and Rosicrucianism by Hans Schick in Das Ältere Rosenkreutzertum (Berlin, 1942), but there is no evidence of any such association.

A.C.F. Jackson, 'Rosecrucianism and its effect on Craft Masonry' in Ars Quatuor Coronatorum, vol. 97, 1995, p.132.

Service record

ENGLAND, OXFORD, CAMBRIDGE, LONDON
Arrived 1621-01-01
Departed 1680-12-31
Capacity REFUGEE, CIVIL SERVANT, INTELLECTUAL, purpose REFUGEE, ACADEMIC, CIVIL SERVICE