Gustavus Michaelis, German-US chemist

Gustavus Michaelis, German-US chemist

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Credit: Williams Haynes Portrait Collection, Chemists’ Club Archives, CHEMICAL HERITAGE FOUNDATION/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Caption: Gustavus Michaelis (1844-1925), German-US chemist and pharmacist. Michaelis studied chemistry and pharmacy at the University of Berlin before emigrating to the US in 1870. He worked as a pharmacist, and set up his own pharmacy company, before being appointed professor of pharmacy at the Albany College of Pharmacy for its first academic year (1881). He invented a number of pharmaceutical processes, including a method that used lime to manufacture chloroform.

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