Taddeo Alderotti

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Taddeo Alderotti (c.1210 – 1295) was a medieval Florentine alchemist who developed fractional distillation.[1] He became a master at the University of Bologna and gained great wealth and fame from his medical practice. Dante seems to reference him in the Paradiso (XII, 82-85), indicating he pursued learning not for spiritual reasons but worldly ambition, contrasting him with St. Dominic.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Holmyard, Eric John (1990). Alchemy. Courier Dover Publications. p. 53. ISBN 0-486-26298-7. 
  2. ^ Prioreschi, Plinio (2003). A History of Medicine Vol. 5. Horatius Press. p. 348. ISBN 1-888456-00-0. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Sirais, Nancy G. (1981). Taddeo Alderotti and His Pupils: Two Generations of Italian Medical Learning, Ca. 1265-1325. Princeton Univ Pr. ISBN 0691053138.