Jabir ibn Hayyan
publication date: Monday, October 30, 2006 (part of Round XXVIII)
clue: Not even HCl could damage this alchemist's contribution to science.
explanation: Jabir was an 8th-century alchemist whose insistence on experimentation and invention of machinery gave rise to the science of chemistry. Among his discoveries was hydrochloric acid ("HCl"). more…