Fr. Athanasius Kircher, SJ, was a genuine Renaissance Man of the 17th century. A logician, a mathematician, a vulcanologist, a phonologist, an Egyptologist...
His position as "alpha scholar" is secure enough. Just read what New Advent and Wikipedia have to say of his accomplishments.
Now Western Confucian points us to a Tarantella dance he composed:
"With all his learning and vast amount of adulation which he received on all sides, Kircher retained throughout his life a deep humility and a childlike piety," the old Catholic Encyclopedia writes.
Truly, a model for every intellectual.