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The Division of Biochemical Technology (BIOT) is a currently active division of the American Chemical Society. Its origins date back to 1936, when the idea of a Fermentation Section within the ACS was suggested by Clair S. Boruff. In response to increasing interest, a Fermentation Section was established in 1946 under the sanction of the ACS' Agricultural and Food Chemistry Division, with Boruff serving as its first chairman. The new section was charged with working to foster fermentation research, development, and production. It was re-designated as the Fermentation Subdivision in 1949.
The new subdivision grew quickly. In 1961 it was granted divisional status and renamed the Fermentation Division. The Fermentation Division achieved permanent divisional status in 1963 and was renamed the Division of Microbial Chemistry and Technology that same year. To reflect the broadening interests of its membership, the division was renamed the Microbial Biochemical Technology Division in 1976. In recognition of the increasing importance of biotechnology within the ACS, the division was renamed the Division of Biochemical Technology in 1989.
The Division of Biochemical Technology currently "Promotes the exchange of information among academic, industrial, and governmental researchers in life sciences and engineering to advance science and develop products and services to enhance quality of life". Over the course of its existence, it has held a number of symposia and workshops. It also sponsors several awards, including the Marvin J. Johnson Award in Microbial and Biotechnical Technology and the James W. Van Lanen Distinguished Service Award. The division is also the sponsor of the David Perlman Memorial Lectureship series.
American Chemical Society Division of Biochemical Technology - History Website - http://www.acsbiot.org/index.php/history/ Browne, Charles Albert and Mary Elvira Weeks, A History of the American Chemical Society, Seventy-Five Eventful Years, Washington, D.C.: American Chemical Society, 1952. Records of the American Chemical Society Division of Biochemical Technology, Science History Institute Archives, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
The Records of the American Chemical Society Division of Biochemical Technology contain the division's institutional records, which were collected and maintained by William Bartholomew, Henry J. Peppler, David Perlman, and Jonathan Woodward. The records' contents consist of the division's publications, abstracts of meetings, awards materials, historical reviews of the division, and some significant correspondence together with obituary notices of division members.
The Records of the American Chemical Society Division of Biochemical Technology are arranged into the following five series:
- Abstracts and Programs
- Awards and Citations
- David Perlman Memorial Lecture Series
- Historical Reviews
The Records of the American Chemical Society Division of Biochemical Technology were donated to the Science History Institute (formerly the Chemical History Foundation) by Jonathan Woodward in 1992.
The Records of the American Chemical Society Division of Biochemical Technology were processed by Andrew Mangravite in August 2016.
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There are no access restrictions on the materials for research purposes and the collection is open to the public.
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The Science History Institute holds copyright to the Records of the American Chemical Society Division of Biochemical Technology. The researcher assumes full responsibility for all copyright, property, and libel laws as they apply.
Arranged in its original order, this series contains issues of the Division of Biochemical Technology's news organ the fermento(e)r and issues of the untitled newsletter that preceded it. Together these publications give an overview of the division's history between 1952 and 1986. The newsletters are more in the nature of meeting minutes.
Arranged in its original order, this series contains abstracts, programs, and a few other miscellaneous printed materials for the Division of Biochemical Technology's meetings, most of which were held at the ACS' Spring and Fall Meetings. The materials in this series provide "snapshots" of the topics discussed at division's meetings.
Arranged in its original order, this series contains files concerning tributes given by the Division of Biochemical Technology. Materials regarding men who were key to the division's formation and to the development of microbiology as a whole are found in this series. Materials regarding the Marvin J. Johnson Award in Microbial and Biotechnical Technology and the James W. Van Lanen Distinguished Service Award are preserved here as well.
Arranged in its original order, this series contains files documenting the Division of Biochemical Technology's creation of the David Perlman Memorial Lecture Series. Established in 1980 and held on an annual basis, the lecture series is named in honor of David Perlman (1920-1980), a well-respected American microbiologist, who served as a researcher at Bristol Myers Squibb and as a Professor of Pharmacy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
For many years, Perlman was considered to be the division's "unofficial historian" and wrote extensively on topics relating to microbiology. As a student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Perlman studied under William Howard Peterson and Marvin J. Johnson, both of whom were key figures in the history of the Division of Biochemical Technology.
The contents of the files in this series consist of correspondence, obituaries, a photocopied portrait of David Perlman, and a dummy of a metal plaque for the David Perlman Memorial Lecture Award.
Arranged in its original order, this series contains historical materials curated by the Division of Biochemical Technology regarding advances within the fermentation industries. Many of the items were authored by David Perlman, who was viewed as the "unofficial historian" of the division and appeared to have a special interest in the business and economics sides of microbiology. Also present in this series are several items of historical importance to the division.
The contents of this series consist of a variety of materials. Journal articles are the most common materials in this series. A variety of other miscellaneous materials, including, but not limited to correspondence, conference papers, meeting programs, transparencies, and photographs are preserved in this series as well.