Michel de Nostredame, a.k.a Nostradamus, was born on December 14th, 1503 in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, and died on July 2nd, 1566 in Salon-de-Provence.
French apothecary, astrology follower like, at the time of the Renaissance, all his contemporaries, he published his famous predictions, the Prophecies.
They contributed to his fame so that Queen Catherine de Medici summoned him to court and appointed him doctor and adviser to the king.
Nostradamus was one of the most esteemed doctors of his time: for years he traveled throughout Provence to treat the sick. To protect himself from the plague, Nostradamus advocated the use of a "sovereign-scented powder to ward off pestilential odors", an herbal prophylactic medication.
In 1546, a delegation from the city of Aix came to him to help their city decimated by the plague and to save them from "Provencal coal", (named for an effect on the skin that the plague brought). And of all the places where an epidemic broke out, he was sought after, as in Lyon in 1547 or in the regions where epidemics were reported.