Alchemists in History

Chemistry: Biochemists - Chemists

Historical Events

  • 1404-01-13 The Act of Multipliers is passed by the English Parliament forbidding alchemists to use their knowledge to create precious metals (it was feared that if any alchemist should succeed it would bring ruin upon the state)

Famous Birthdays

  • 1330-09-28 Nicolas Flamel, French alchemist (d. 1417?)
  • 1486-09-14 Agrippa von Nettesheim, German occultist/alchemist/royal astrologer

Person of interestParacelsus

1493-11-11 Paracelsus, Swiss physician and alchemist (Zinc, laudanum), born in Einsiedeln, Switzerland (d. 1541)

Physician/Alchemist Paracelsus
  • 1527-07-13 John Dee, English alchemist, astrologer and mathematician, born in London, England (d. 1609)
  • 1569-11-11 Martin Ruland the Younger, German physician and alchemist (d. 1611)

Person of interestBen Jonson

1572-06-11 Ben Jonson, English playwright and poet (Volpone, Alchemist), born in London (d. 1637)

Playwright and Poet Ben Jonson
Playwright and Poet
Ben Jonson
  • 1807-03-07 Franz Grave von Pocci, German poet/composer (Der Alchemist)

Famous Deaths

Person of interestParacelsus

1541-09-24 Philippus A Paracelsus, Swiss physician/alchemist, dies at 47

Physician/Alchemist Paracelsus
  • 1616-07-25 Andreas Libavius, German alchemist, dies
  • 1703-03-20 Johann Kunckel/Kunkel, German alchemist/ambassador to Sweden, dies
  • 1876-05-07 Franz count of Pocci, German artist/composer (Alchemist), dies at 69
  • 1970-12-31 Cyril M Scott, English composer/author (Alchemist), dies at 91