The chymistry of Francis Willughby (1635-72): the Trinity College, Cambridge community

Roos, Anna Marie (2016) The chymistry of Francis Willughby (1635-72): the Trinity College, Cambridge community. In: Virtuoso by nature: the scientific worlds of Francis Willughby. Emergence of Natural History (1). Brill, Leiden, pp. 99-121. ISBN 9789004285316, 9789004285323

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Francis Willughby’s commonplace book in the Middleton Collection at the University of Nottingham reveals that in the late 1650s, he and John Ray were engaged in significant chymical experimentation at Trinity College, Cambridge. whilst Ray and Willughby reproduced procedures in Jean Béguin’s Tyrocinium chymicum and the London Pharmacopeia to learn how to make medicines, they were also engaged in (al)chymical chrysopoeic investigations into the transmutation of matter, aided by foreign chymists paid by Trinity College who tutored fellows in the subject. Although it is now well known that Sir Isaac Newton performed extensive chymical work at Trinity College from 1669 until 1695, it seems there was a well-established chymical culture at Trinity decades earlier.

Keywords:Trinity College, Cambridge, Francis Willughby, John Ray, Alchemy, chymistry, Sir Isaac Newton
Subjects:V Historical and Philosophical studies > V380 History of Science
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V382 History of Chemistry
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V340 Intellectual History
Divisions:College of Arts > School of History & Heritage > School of History & Heritage (History)
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