Geber, Islamic alchemist

Geber, Islamic alchemist

H407/0333 Rights Managed

Request low-res file

530 pixels on longest edge, unwatermarked

Request/Download high-res file

Uncompressed file size: 70.0MB

Downloadable file size: 13.4MB

Price image Pricing

Please login to use the price calculator


Credit: SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Geber (c.722-c.815), Islamic Spanish alchemist, teaching chemistry. Geber is a Latinised form. His full Arabic name is Jabir ibn Hayyan. Geber is sometimes known as the Father of Chemistry, as he was instrumental in turning it from a mystical practice (alchemy) into a science. He insisted on mastery of practical chemistry, and invented much of the equipment still used in laboratories today. Although he worked on the alchemist's goal of turning base metals into gold, he did so in a scientific manner. His writings included work on furnaces, crystallisation and distillation. He also described common compounds and substances, including acids, bases and salts. Here, he is pictured teaching at the school at Edessa in Mesopotamia (now Sanliurfa in Turkey). Engraving from the 1883 edition of Vies des Savants Illustres.

Release details: Model release not required. Property release not required.

Keywords: 1883, 19th century, 700s, 800s, 8th century, 9th century, adult, alchemy, arab, artwork, black-and-white, chemical, chemist, chemistry, classroom, dark ages, demonstration, edessa, engraving, equipment, europe, european, experiment, experimenting, geber, historical, history, human, illustration, islamic, jabir ibn hayyan, learning, listening, male, man, medieval, men, mesopotamia, middle-aged, monochrome, muslim, portrait, portraits, pupil, pupils, scientist, spanish, student, students, surname g, teacher, teaching, vies des savants illustres

Licence fees: A licence fee will be charged for any media (low or high resolution) used in your project.