Phillip Theophrastus Gribbleflotz
Fictional Character
1632 series
POD: May, 1631
Appearance(s): Grantville Gazette VI
Grantville Gazette VII
Grantville Gazette VIII
Grantville Gazette X
Grantville Gazette XI
Grantville Gazette XVII
Grantville Gazette XIX
Ring of Fire III
Nationality: Germany
Occupation: Alchemist and doctor
Spouse: Maria Blandina
Relatives: Paracelsus (supposed great grandfather)
Created by: Kerryn Offord

Phillip Theophrastus Gribbleflotz was a self-proclaimed German doctor and alchemist who had an uncanny knack for reinterpreting up-time science in a down-time framework, and making a bundle of money in the process. Gribbleflotz also claimed that he was a great-grandson of Paracelsus. As viewed by the more professional doctors, Gribbleflotz was seen as a charlatan and a money-maker. In fact, he was a competent technician with the down-time equivalent of a mail-order diploma.[1]

He'd made his first fortune with baking soda, which he renamed Sal Aer Fixus, because he did not want to be seen as having made something meant to be used by cooks. A little later, he'd made aspirin, which he named Sal Vin Betula, and dyed blue on the grounds that blue was the color of serenity. Much to Tom Stone's disgust, Doctor Gribbleflotz's brand had outsold the straight-forward and cheaper stuff produced by Stone's pharmaceutical works. Eventually, when his father got distracted by something else, Ron Stone quietly ordered the chemists to start dying their own aspirin blue as well. Sales picked up right away, even though Ron raised the price a bit at the same time.


  1. Grantville Gazette VI, Dr. Phil's Aeolian Transformers

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