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Louis Fieser Photograph Collection


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

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Louis Fieser (1899-1977) was born in Columbus, Ohio and received his B.S. in Chemistry from Williams College in Massachusetts. He did his graduate work in chemistry at Harvard and had a traveling scholarship that took him to Germany and England. When he arrived back in America, he took an assistant professor position at Bryn Mawr College. He met Mary Peters, a student in his chemistry class, whom he later married in 1932. They went on to conduct research together and write thirteen chemistry textbooks. Fieser became a professor at Harvard University in 1930 and during this time did important research in Quinone chemistry. While Fieser was a successful professor for many years, his work was also significant for leading the team that created Napalm and he was a member of the U.S. Surgeon General's committee that linked cigarette smoke with cancer.

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This collection consists of photographs of Louis and Mary Fieser, colleagues, and some of his students at Harvard University from 1949 to 1952. Included are some group portraits and candid shots from outings to the beach, canoeing, and at the Fiesers' home. While Louis Fieser's career was distinguished by many discoveries and awards, these photos are of a more casual nature, providing a glimpse of his life with his wife and students while at Harvard.

Gift of William Rosen, 2004.

Source of acquisition--Rosen, William. Method of acquisition--Gift; Date of acquisition--2004.

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