He became a Privatdozent in 1 819, and held professorships at Breslau (1822) and Halle (1824).
After studying at the Ecole Normale Superieure he held history professorships at various lycdes.
But he failed to obtain either of two posts - the professorships of mathematics at the Royal Military Academy and of geometry in Gresham College - for which he applied in 1854, though he was elected to the former in the following year on the death of his successful competitor.
He studied at Erlangen, held various professorships in the philosophical and theological faculties of Erlangen and GÃ¶ttingen, succeeded Franz Reinhard (1753-1812) in 1813 as court preacher and member of the consistorial court at Dresden, retired from these offices in 1849, and died on the 21st of May 1850.
The Lady Margaret Beaufort made him one of her executors, and in this capacity as well as in that of chancellor, he had the chief share with Fisher in regulating the foundation of St John's College and the Lady Margaret professorships and readerships.