Alfred Bader Visits UMSL
Dr. Alfred Bader, renowned chemist, art collector and benefactor visited
the Department on September 11, as part of the 95th Anniversary Celebration
of the St. Louis Section of the American Chemical Society. He spoke
on: "Richard Anshutz, Archibald Scott Couper and Josef Loschmidt:
A Detective at Work". He provided evidence that Couper was the
first person to describe the tetravalency of carbon, and not Kekule'
and also that Loschmidt, best known for his calculation of Avagadro's
Number, was the first to describe the cyclic structure of benzene
and made innumerable contributions to chemistry prior to turning his
attention to physics.
Dr. Alfred Bader is founder of the Aldrich Chemical
Company. Anyone who does preparative chemistry has a copy of the
Aldrich catalogue, has collections of Aldrichimica Acta, with its
Dutch master painting covers and invaluable material inside for
chemists. The motto of the company is "chemists helping chemists
in research and industry"
Dr. Bader is a well known chemist in his own right,
educated at Harvard, where he did his Ph.D degree with Louis F.
Fieser, but he is much better known for providing rare chemicals
through his former company, through his passion for and expertise
in art and his for generosity. He spent time in industry with PPG
prior to establishing Aldrich in 195, in Milwaukee.
He won the Charles Lathrop Parson Award of the
ACS in 1995. The award recognizes outstanding public service by
a member of the American Chemical Society.
He sponsors the ACS Alfred Bader Award in Bioinorganic
or Bioorganic Chemistry and Aldrich sponsors several awards including
that for Creative Work in Synthetic Organic Chemistry. With Aldrich
he established the ACS Herbert C. Brown Award for Creative Research
in Synthetic Methods.
Dr. Bader was born in Vienna, Austria, and was
a refugee from Nazi persecution, spending time in England, and Canada
prior and studying engineering chemistry at Queen's University,
Kingston, Ontario where he graduated with a degree in Engineering
Chemistry in 1945, prior to going to Harvard. He has served as president,
CEO, chairman and chairman emeritus of Sigma-Aldrich. In 1962 Dr.
Bader became both collector and dealer in fine art when he created
"Alfred Bader Fine Arts" and began operating an art gallery
in the Astor Hotel in Milwaukee. He has published widely on chemistry,
art and the Bible.