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Wilhelm Lewicki Collection


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Wilhelm Lewicki was born in Erfurt, Germany on September 21, 1935. He was the great, great grandson of German chemist Justus von Liebig.

Lewicki started his career by purchasing chemicals and raw materials for a Ludwigshafen company in 1960. In 1969 he became the founder, authorized signatory, and sole managing director of B.V. Prohama. He also founded the Epandage-Vinasse-Ausbringungs-GmbH in 1978 to sell Vinasse, a product intended to serve as an organic nutrient for soil microorganisms and plants. In 2000 his work led him to be the President of Grain and Feed Trade Association (GAFTA).

Lewicki's work prompted him to study the work of his ancestor Justus von Liegib and to make it available to the public. In 1996, Wilhelm presented von Liebig's international reference library on the history of natural sciences to the public. Wilhelm Lewicki was on the board of the Justus Liebig Society for many years and supported the work to preserve and restore the famous Liebig Laboratory in Giessen, Germany. He also participated in a traveling exhibition "Everything is Chemistry" in 1998.

Wilhelm Lewicki. died in Ludwigshafen am Rhein, Germany on October 10, 2001.


Wilhelm Lewicki Collection, Science History Institute Archives, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

"Wilhelm Lewicki." Nachruf. Accessed February 4, 2022.

The Wilhelm Lewicki Collection consists of publications, articles, and correspondence about the Justus von Liegig Museum, which were collected by Wilhelm Lewicki. It is arranged in its original order.

The Wilhelm Lewicki Collection was donated to the Science History Institute (formerly the Chemical Heritage Foundation) in 2000.

The Wilhelm Lewicki Collection was processed by Andrew Mangravite on July 25th, 2011. The finding aid was revised by Patrick Burden on February 2nd, 2022.

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The Wilhelm Lewicki Collection was processed by Andrew Mangravite on July 25th, 2011. The finding aid was encoded into EAD by Patrick Burden.
Access Restrictions

There are no access restrictions on the materials for research purposes and the collection is open to the public.

Use Restrictions

The Science History Institute holds copyright to the Wilhelm Lewicki Collection. The researcher assumes full responsibility for all copyright, property, and libel laws as they apply.

Collection Inventory

Liebig-Museum, Correspondence and Reprints, 1996.
Box 1 Folder 1
Leibig-Museum, Publicity, 1995.
Box 1 Folder 2
Justus von Leibig. "Es ist ja dies Spitze meines Lebens: Naturgesetze im Landbau," SOL, Sonderausgabe Nr. 23, Stiftung Okologie & Landbau (Justus von Leibig. "It's the peak of my life: natural laws in agriculture," SOL Special Issue No. 23, Foundation Ecology & Agriculture), 1995.
Box 1 Folder 3
Skala, L. "Ohlas dila justus liebig v ceskych zemich," Ministerstvo Zemedelstvi Ceska Republiky, Praha (Skala, L. "Response to the law of justice in the Czech lands,"Ministry of Agriculture of the Czech Republic, Prague), 1996.
Box 1 Folder 4
Justus-Liebig Universität Giessen, "Spiegel der Forschung," 12. Jahrgang, Nr. 1 (Justus-Liebig University of Giessen, Mirror of Research Volume 12, No. 1), April 1995.
Box 1 Folder 5
Celebrations nationales 1995 (National Celebrations 1995), undated.
Box 1 Folder 6
BASF, "25 Jahre Prohama 1969-1994" (BASF, "25 Years of Prohama 1969-1994"), undated.
Box 1 Folder 7
"The German Pharmacy Museum in Heidelberg Castle", 1991.
Box 1 Folder 8
Olbrich, Hubert. Zucker-Museum Berlin, catalogue, 1989.
Box 1 Folder 9

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