• Cornides, Daniel
  • Known name forms: Cornides, Daniel
  • Born: 1732, died: 1787
  • Daniel Cornides (1732–1787) was born in Liptovský Mikuláš. His father was a pharmacist, who later moved with the family to Kremnica, where Cornides started his studies. Later he studied in Pressburg with Matthias Bel and at the University of Erlangen. Having returned from home he worked as a tutor to the sons of Polixénia Daniel and as teacher of German language in the Protestant boarding school of Cluj. In 1767 he became secretary to Count József Teleki, the guardian of the crown, which made enabled Cornides to dedicate himself to his passion, historical research. He collected historical sources in many private and religious libraries, in the libraries of Parma and Venice and frequently in Vienna. In 1784, he became professor of diplomatics and heraldry and at the same time librarian at the University of Pest, but before taking his office he travelled to Göttingen with the sons of Teleki. After two years of teaching he died in 1787. He left behind an impressive library and a collection of almost hundred volumes of manuscripts, out of which 30 were his own historical works. Also very important is the large correspondence that has been preserved, including several hundred draft letters written by Cornides addressed to the best minds of the age (these are preserved in the Library of the University ELTE, and the Hungarian Academy of Sciences).

  • Works:

    Commentatio de religione veterum Hungarorum. Edidit suamque de origine hungaricae gentis dissertationem adjecit Christ. Engel