His claim to fame resides in his having started with Anders Celsius in 1733 a journal of astronomy called "Mitteilungsblatt zur Förderung der Astronomie / Commercium litterarium ad astronomiae incrementum", announcing the principal celestial phenomena, and analyzing new publications. This journal enjoyed much reputation in its day. Thirty-four numbers were published.
In 1738 he received a Doctor of Medicine degree with the thesis "Theses medicae physiologico-pathologicae, Pulmonum fabricam, usum, uariaque, quibus affliguntur, incommoda generatim complectentes".
In 1742 he was appointed professor of mathematics at the University of Altdorf.
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In 1736 he was named a member of the Königlich-Preußische Akademie der Wissenschaften.