George Elliott came to the Institute as a third-year PhD candidate at Brown University. His interests were centered on the history of early modern science and alchemy in the Anglo-American world. In his dissertation titled “Alchemy in the Home: Colonial Connecticut and Household Science in the 17th-Century Anglo-Atlantic,” he examined the work of the physician and alchemist Gershom Bulkeley and his family, who lived in central Connecticut Colony.
Elliott earned a master’s degree from the University of Chicago. That thesis explored the impact and appeal of the influential alchemist George Starkey on the members of the Hartlib circle of natural philosophers in mid-17th-century London. He received his bachelor’s degree in 2013 from Indiana University in his home state.