A list of famous alchemists with pictures where possible. What is alchemy? It was the search for the philosophers stone, the ability to transmute any base metal into gold, and the quest for immortality, the elixer of life. An alchemist would use various chemicals, symbols, elements, and even incantations to try to achieve this. One could even say it was the precursor to modern chemistry.
While today, some may shrug off alchemists as creators of useless potions, many of our most revered scientists dabbled in alchemy, including Sir Isaac Newton. In terms of history, alchemists were the scientists of their time, and their work continues. The quest to live forever continues to this day.Who are the famous alchemists? Take a look at this list and you'll find out that answer.