Physician/Alchemist Paracelsus Full Name: Paracelsus [Philippus Aureolus Theophrastus Bombastus von Hohenheim]


Profession: Physician/Alchemist
Why Famous: Founded the discipline of toxicology. Also known as a revolutionary for insisting upon using observations of nature, rather than looking to ancient texts, in open and radical defiance of medical practice of his day. Credited for giving zinc its name, calling it zincum. Modern psychology often also credits him for being the first to note that some diseases are rooted in psychological illness.

Born: November 11, 1493
Star Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Einsiedeln, Switzerland

Died: September 24, 1541 (aged 47)