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Mary or Maria the Jewess (Latin: Maria Hebraea), also known as Mary the Prophetess (Latin: Maria Prophetissa) or Maria the Copt (Arabic: مارية القبطية, romanized: Māriyya al-Qibṭiyya), was an early alchemist known from the works of Zosimos of Panopolis (fl. c. 300) and other authors in the Greek alchemical tradition. On the basis of Zosimos's comments, she lived between the first and third centuries A.D. in Alexandria. French, Taylor and Lippmann list her as one of the first alchemical writers, dating her works at no later than the first century.She is credited with the invention of several kinds of chemical apparatus and is considered to be the first true alchemist of the Western world.Through Zosimos many of the beliefs of Mary the Jewess can be observed. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Mary the Jewess has received more than 386,655 page views. Her biography is available in 28 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 25 in 2019). Mary the Jewess is the 110th most popular inventor (down from 88th in 2019), the 196th most popular biography from Egypt (down from 152nd in 2019) and the most popular Egyptian Inventor.

Mary the Jewess is most famous for being the first person to describe the process of distillation.

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Among inventors, Mary the Jewess ranks 110 out of 354Before her are W. O. Bentley, Jacque Fresco, William Webb Ellis, Joseph Pilates, Vladimir K. Zworykin, and Zacharias Janssen. After her are André Michelin, Samuel Crompton, Percy Spencer, Johann Philipp Reis, Theobald Boehm, and Elias Howe.

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Among people born in 100, Mary the Jewess ranks 22Before her are Lydia of Thyatira, Cornelius the Centurion, Philip the Evangelist, Agabus, Antipas of Pergamum, and Simeon of Jerusalem. After her are Claudia Acte, Domitia Longina, Saint Sabina, Aretaeus of Cappadocia, Marcus Cornelius Fronto, and Agrippa the Skeptic. Among people deceased in 100, Mary the Jewess ranks 38Before her are Cornelius the Centurion, Philip the Evangelist, Valerius Maximus, Papias of Hierapolis, Mary of Bethany, and Agabus. After her are Claudia Acte, Locusta, Joanna, wife of Chuza, Judas of Galilee, Agrippa the Skeptic, and Saint Petronilla.

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In Egypt

Among people born in Egypt, Mary the Jewess ranks 196 out of 582Before her are Pentawer (-1173), Senakhtenre Ahmose (-1600), Ahmes (-1680), Merit-Ptah (-2700), Ahmed Zewail (1946), and Intef III (-2050). After her are Basilides (117), Amenhotep, son of Hapu (-1420), Dionysius Thrax (-170), Berenice III of Egypt (-120), Robert II, Count of Artois (1250), and Herihor (-1200).

Among INVENTORS In Egypt

Among inventors born in Egypt, Mary the Jewess ranks 1After her are Roland Moreno (1945) and Mohamed M. Atalla (1924).