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Megan Piorko

Megan Piorko’s scholarship focuses on 17th-century alchemical texts, material and visual culture of the book, and alchemical ciphers. She has held many research fellowships including a short-term fellowship at the Beckman Center in 2017–2018, a travel fellowship from the Renaissance Society of America in 2018, and a dissertation fellowship at the Consortium for the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine for the 2019–2020 academic year. She was the Pantzer New Scholar for the Bibliographical Society of America in 2019 and is published in "The Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America." She currently serves as the communications editor for the Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry, convener for the Consortium’s Early Modern Science working group, and committee member of the Forum for the History of Chemical Sciences. Megan received her PhD in history from Georgia State University in 2020.

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Deciphering the Philosophers’ Stone: How Scientists Cracked a 400-Year-Old Alchemical Cipher

What secret alchemical knowledge could be so important it required sophisticated encryption? The setting was Amsterdam, 2019. A conference organized by the Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry had just concluded at the...

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