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'
1636: The Chronicles of Dr. Gribbleflotz
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 doctor and alchemist who made a bundle of money by bulk manufacturing "simple" chemistry products for up-timers, using instructions they provided. He embarked on his first enterprise after genuine alchemists refused the job. He was seen as a charlatan and a money-maker by the more professional down-time doctors. However, he was in fact a competent technician with the down-time equivalent of a mail-order diploma.[1] Gribbleflotz also claimed that he was a great-grandson of Paracelsus.

When as a student for his doctorate, his sponsor died, and the enmity of other students and professors caused him to leave the University. He then worked as a military surgeon for several years, where he developed the feeling that explosives were anathema. Henceforth in the creation of chemical compounds, he would not knowingly work on any explosive materials.

He made his first fortune with baking soda, which he renamed Sal Aer Fixus, because he did not want to be seen as making something to be used by cooks. Later, he 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 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.

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