Roger Bacon, a 13th century Franciscan Friar, who is considered one of the earliest proponents of the scientific method, is considered the first real European alchemist. (Prior to Bacon, there was some exploration of alchemical theory and ideas, but no real practitioners.) He was primarily interested in the elixir of life and some form of ingestible gold which would prolong life. Bacon's writings on alchemy were used by many other practitioners well into the 19th century.

Roger Bacon, a 13th century Franciscan Friar, who is considered one of the earliest proponents of the scientific method, is considered the first real European alchemist. (Prior to Bacon, there was some exploration of alchemical theory and ideas, but no real practitioners.) He was primarily interested in the elixir of life and some form of ingestible gold which would prolong life. Bacon's writings on alchemy were used by many other practitioners well into the 19th century.

Roger Bacon (c. 1214–1294) – Franciscan friar, made significant contributions to mathematics and optics, has been described as a forerunner of modern scientific method

Roger Bacon (c. 1214–1294) – Franciscan friar, made significant contributions to mathematics and optics, has been described as a forerunner of modern scientific method

Roger Bacon's circular diagrams relating to the scientific study of optics

Roger Bacon's circular diagrams relating to the scientific study of optics

From Roger Bacon's "De multiplicatione specierum" - optical diagram based on Alhazen's Book of Optics.

From Roger Bacon's "De multiplicatione specierum" - optical diagram based on Alhazen's Book of Optics.

Knowledge of languages is the doorway to wisdom. - Roger Bacon #1

Knowledge of languages is the doorway to wisdom. - Roger Bacon #1

Roger Bacon's circular diagrams relating to the scientific study of optics. By Roger Bacon also Saint Germaine, late 13th Century.

Roger Bacon's circular diagrams relating to the scientific study of optics. By Roger Bacon also Saint Germaine, late 13th Century.

Medieval philosophy did not encourage scientific endeavor, but a few scholars, such as Roger Bacon, did important experimental work in optics and other fields.

Medieval philosophy did not encourage scientific endeavor, but a few scholars, such as Roger Bacon, did important experimental work in optics and other fields.

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