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John Young

Research Fellow

Research interests: History of medicine and alchemy; early modern communication networks.

Selected publications


The Letters of Jan Jonston to Samuel Hartlib, Transcribed & Translated into English & Polish with an Introduction, Notes and Bibliography, co-edited and co-translated with W.J. Hitchens and Adam Matuszewski (Warsaw: Retro-Art, 2000)

Faith, Medical Alchemy and Natural Philosophy: Johann Moriaen, Reformed Intelligencer, and the Hartlib Circle (Aldershot: Ashgate Press, 1998)


'Utopian Artificers: Hartlib's Promotion of German Technology in the English Commonwealth', forthcoming in a volume to be edited by Scott Mandelbrote (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press)

'Isaac Newton's Alchemical Notes in the Royal Society', Notes and Records of the Royal Society 60 (2006): 25–34

'Newton on the Net: An Update', Notes and Records of the Royal Society 59 (2005): 313–316

'Newton on the Net: First and Prospective Fruits of a Royal Society Grant', with Rob Iliffe, Notes and Records of the Royal Society 58 (2004): 83–88

Entries on Samuel Hartlib, Gabriel Plattes and John Pollexfen for the Thoemmes Biographical Dictionary of British Economists (Bristol: Thoemmes Press, 2004)

Entries on John Dury, Johann Daniel Getsius, Georg Ritschel, Peter Stahl and John Worthington for the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004)

Entry on John Dury for the Thoemmes Dictionary of Seventeenth-Century British Philosophers (Bristol: Thoemmes Press, 2000)

'"To Leave No Problem Unsolved": The New Mathematics as a Model for Pansophy', Acta Comeniana 12 (1997): 85–95


Entries on Samuel Hartlib, Robert Boyle and Dorothy Moore/Dury for The Literary Encyclopedia

Newton Project Transcription and Tagging Guidelines

The Newton Manuscript Project Guide to Records, co-compiler with Rob Iliffe and Peter Spargo


Andreas Libavius and the Transformation of Alchemy: Separating Chemical Cultures with Polemical Fire by Bruce T. Moran, Aestimatio 5 (2008): 301–309

Promethean Ambitions: Alchemy and the Quest to Perfect Nature by William R. Newman, Ambix 54 (2007): 96–97

Promethean Ambitions: Alchemy and the Quest to Perfect Nature by William R. Newman, Bulletin of the History of Medicine 79 (2005): 805–806

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