Georgiana Hedesan has recently concluded her Ph.D. in history at the University of Exeter, with a thesis entitled “‘Christian Philosophy’: Medical Alchemy and Christian Thought in the Work of Jan Baptista Van Helmont (1579–1644).” She has been the recipient of a Cantemir Junior Fellowship at the University of Oxford (where she studied the influence of Van Helmont on the work of Moldavian Prince Demetrius Cantemir, 1673–1723) and a Frances Yates Fellowship at the Warburg Institute (where she studies the early modern alchemical interpretations of Hippocrates). From the end of 2013 she will be a Wellcome Trust Fellow at the University of Oxford studying the idea of universal medicine in 17th-century alchemy. Her research interests are focused on history of alchemy, history of medicine, intellectual history, and western esotericism, with a particular emphasis on early modern alchemical philosophy, Paracelsianism, Helmontianism, and the relationship between alchemy and religion.
Hedesan is the author of several scholarly contributions dealing with Paracelsus, Van Helmont, and early modern alchemy, including articles due to be published in Medical History and Ambix, chapters in books to be published by Brill and Springer, and reviews in Ambix, British Journal for the History of Science, and Early Science and Medicine.
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