Auroelus Philippus Theophrastus Paracelsus Bombast von Hoenheim is one of the most influential figures in the history of alchemy. He was born in the year 1943 in Zurich and followed his father in the art of medicine. Paracelsus soon discovered that the medical traditions used at the time were dated and hollow, and he travelled the world to gain a deeper understanding of nature instead. He wandered almost every part of the globe until 1524, when he stopped in Basle - a favourite with physicians and scholars - and was appointed chair of medicine at the university.
His eccentric nature and flair for his profession made him a figure that people either loved or hated, and his death in 1941 remains a mystery. He founded the modern science of medicine, the magnetic theory of Mesmer, the philosophy of Descartes and the 'astral' theory of modern spiritualists. He strived to encourage forward thinking, pointing out a similarity between seven of the body's organs and the Solar System, and even revived ancient Greece's 'microcosmic' theory.