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The Samuel Phillip Sadtler materials


Held at: Science History Institute Archives [Contact Us]315 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106

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Samuel Phillip Sadtler was born in 1847. He studied first at Gettysburg College, then at Harvard where he was a student of Wolcott Gibbs. Sadtler pursued post-graduate studies in Germany with Robert Bunsen and Friedrich Wohler. Upon his return Sadtler first taught at Gettysburg, then accepted a position at the University of Pennsylvania where he remained for seventeen years. As an acknowledged expert in the then-new field of chemical engineering Sadtler was also in demand as a consultant, working for such prestigious clients as John D. Rockefeller. Sadtler was both author and translator and belonged to several scientific societies in England and in Germany. He was a founding member of both the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and the Electrochemical Society. Samuel P. Sadtler died in 1923.

Although fragmentary in nature, the collection is not without interest. Among its highpoints are a notebook from the 1870s containing A Chemical Study of Petroleum and photographic copies of letters Sadtler sent to his family while a student in Germany.

Selected materials from this collection have been digitized and are available online in our Digital Collections:

Source of acquisition--Phillip Sadtler. Method of acquisition--Gift ;; Date of acquisition--1989..

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