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Brief Biographical Sketch

Birth: February 10, 1846     
Death: March 4, 1927


While Ira Remsen, who graduated from New York Homeopathic Medical College in 1865¹, became a doctor to please his father, his true love was chemistry. He earned a Ph.D. in chemistry at age 24, and went on to become a professor and active chemist. He was co-discoverer of saccharin in 1878 and founded the American Chemical Journal in 1879, which was later absorbed by The Journal of the American Chemical Society.³ From 1901 to 1912 he was President of Johns Hopkins University.² His biography notes his influence on the study of chemistry, explaining that “he opened up a life work in chemistry as a career to many, and developed a spirit of research that spread over the country.”



  1. New York Homeopathic Medical College and Flower Hospital, Annual Annoucements 5-13
  2. "Ira Remsen: The Chemistry Was Right" Johns Hopkins University.
  3. Biographical Memoir of Ira Remsen. National Academy of Sciences.

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