Physician and Alchemist Paracelsus

Full Name: Philippus Aureolus Theophrastus Bombastus von Hohenheim
Profession: Physician and 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.

He is 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
Birthplace: Einsiedeln, Switzerland
Star Sign: Scorpio

Died: September 24, 1541 (aged 47)

Quotes by Paracelsus

  • "Consider that we should call not our brother a fool, since we know not ourselves what we are."