"Maria the Prophetess: Mother of Alchemy"

Presented by Kirstin Hendrickson

Senior Lecturer, Chemistry & Biochemistry, ASU

Friday, September 20, 2013 at 7:00pm, Changing Hands Bookstore

Click here to view Dr. Hendrickson's presentation on alchemy!

About the Program
The next ACMRS Fearless Females series program focuses on one of the first female scientists, Maria, the Jewess also referred to as Maria the Prophetissa and Maria, Sister of Moses, whose inventions and designs of equipment are used in laboratories today. Considered the founding mother of Egyptian/Hellenistic alchemy (today’s chemical engineering), references to her appear as far back as ancient texts. She was an alchemist AND an engineer experimenting with chemical reactions (not transmutations); founded an important school of chemistry but her most famous invention outside of the laboratory, the "bain marie" or water bath, is used in kitchens throughout the world today.

About Kirstin Hendrickson
Dr. Kirstin Hendrickson is a popular senior lecturer in the ASU Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry with a strong background in organic chemistry, zoology and psychology; before joining ASU was an Assistant Professor elsewhere in Arizona, where she taught a variety of science courses. She is the author of a science textbooks, has published several articles in scholarly journals, has written articles about science for popular media sources, including Scientific American, blogs about evidence-based decision making, and was recently a guest lecturer at the ACMRS Scholar Series at the DaVinci Exhibit, Arizona Science Center.

Books to read for further information
Haeffner, Mark (1991). The Dictionary of Alchemy: From Maria Prophetissa to Isaac Newton. London: The Aquarian Press.

Patai, Raphael (1995). The Jewish Alchemists. New Jersey: Princeton University Press.

Multhauf, R.P. The Origins of Chemistry. New York: Franklin Watts, Inc., 1966.

Taylor, F.S. The Alchemists. New York: Arno Press, 1974.

European Women in Chemistry
Jan Apotheker (Editor), Livia Simon Sarkadi (Editor), Nicole J. Moreau (Foreword by)
ISBN: 978-3-527-32956-4
March 2011

Alic, Margaret. Hypatia’s Heritage: A History of Women in Science from Antiquity to the Late Nineteenth Century. London: The Women’s Press, 1986.

Ogilvie, Marilyn Bailey. Women in Science: Antiquity Through the Nineteenth Century. Cambridge, Mass.: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1986.

Yount, Lisa. A to Z of Women in Science and Math. New York: Facts on File, 1999.