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Hans Egede (1686–1758) and the Alchemical Tradition in Denmark-Norway (2019)


Hans Egede (1686–1758), the famous missionary and natural historian in Greenland, was one of very few known Norwegian alchemists. This article seeks to place Egede’s alchemy in the context of the European alchemical tradition by identifying his sources in alchemical literature. Through an analysis of Egede’s account of an alchemical experiment performed by him in 1727, Ole Borch, Johann Joachim Becher, and Michael Sendivogius are identified as his main sources. Egede’s procedure and choice of materials are shown to be based on texts by these authors. The article argues that Egede’s alchemical interest was more pervasive than hitherto understood, through the demonstration of connections between his alchemical studies and his work as a natural historian. Further it is argued that Egede’s alchemy was not unique or anachronistic but exemplifies the continued belief in and practice of transmutational alchemy in Denmark-Norway in the early decades of the eighteenth century.

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Authors & Contributors
Prinke, Rafał T.
Wutzke, Ulrich
Knudsen, Henrik
Nielsen, Henry
Porto, Paulo Alves
Kapel, Finn O.
Ambix: Journal of the Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry
Geohistorische Blätter
Scientia Canadensis: Journal of the History of Canadian Science, Technology, and Medicine
Centaurus: International Magazine of the History of Mathematics, Science, and Technology
Science, Technology and Human Values
Early Science and Medicine: A Journal for the Study of Science, Technology and Medicine in the Pre-modern Period
Danish Polar Center
Polish Academy of Sciences, Institute for the History of Science
Cold War
Cross-national interaction
Scientific expeditions
Science and war; science and the military
Natural history
Sendivogius, Michael
Wegener, Alfred Lothar
Fabricius, Otto
Becher, Johann Joachim
Ahlmann, Hans Wilhelmsson
Gunnerus, Johan Ernst
Time Periods
17th century
18th century
16th century
20th century
20th century, early
20th century, late
United States
Polar regions
Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences and Letters (1760-)

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