Nostradamus, the name assumed by Michel DE Notredame (1503-66), a French astrologer of Jewish descent, born at St. Remi, in Provence. After taking the degree of doctor of medicine at Montpellier (1529), he practised in various French towns, finally settling at Salon, near Aix (1544). He signalised himself by his devotion to sufferers from the plague at Lyons. The first edition of his famous Centuries was published in 1555. He became royal physician on the accession of Charles IX.