Were there PhD thesis in the time of Galileo and Newton?

Did Newton and Galileo make a PhD thesis?

Due to the poor level of science (before calculus and so on), were PhD thesis made in math and physics?


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According to the Mathematics Genealogy Project:

Galileo Galilei was a student of Ostilio Ricci

The official tutor of Isaac Newton (M.A.) was Benjamin Pulleyn ; Isaac Barrow was NOT a formal advisor but probably had the greatest influence on the young Newton

But neither of these held the actual title "Ph.D."...History

If Erhard Weigel (1652) is indeed the first Ph.D. (as some have suggested), then that would be mathematics.


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