Meagan Selby Allen

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (Aug 2019-Feb 2020)

Meagan Allen is a PhD candidate at Indiana University Bloomington, where she is writing her dissertation on Roger Bacon’s Medical Alchemy, which places Bacon’s alchemical theories within thirteenth-century academic medicine. She received the Norwood Russell Hanson Prize for Outstanding Graduate Student Papers from the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at Indiana University for a portion of this work. At the MPIWG she is a member of Department I. In addition to her work on Roger Bacon, Meagan was a member of the Chymistry of Isaac Newton Project at Indiana University from 2016–2019, where she was both an editorial and laboratory assistant, working to replicate some of Isaac Newton’s alchemical experiments. Her work from the Newton Project was published in February 2019 in Ambix, The Journal of the Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry.

Her publications include “Revisiting Isaac Newton’s Index Chemicus: A Response to Richard S. Westfall.” Ambix 66:1 (February 2019) and “Regulus of Antimony Made with Various Metals.”Chymical Encyclopedia, Database, and Repository (February 2018).


Roger Bacon’s Medical Alchemy: Occult Remedies and the Quest to Prolong Life


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Presentations, Talks, & Teaching Activities

Individual and Communal Medicine During the Black Death of 1347-1351

University of Indianapolis

Regulus of Antimony made with Various Metals

Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry

Scrambling the Philosophers' Egg: Modern Misrepresentations of Medieval Alchemy

Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan

Roger Bacon as the author of the later chapters of the Epistola de secretis operibus artis et naturae.

Institut für Philosophie, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin

Roger Bacon as a Potential Source of Inspiration for John of Rupescissa

Indiana University Bloomington (Hanson Award)