He was one of the original faculty members of Johns Hopkins University and founded the department of chemistry
One night he bit into his dinner roll; it tasted initially sweet and then bitter. Then he licked his fingers, same response. The next morning he went into the lab and tasted the chemicals they had been working with the previous day. Finding the one with the sweet then bitter taste was the beginning of the development of Saccharin
Author, several textbooks on chemistry which were unique in that he could reduce fundamental principles to a form simple enough for beginning students to understand. Chair of the Remsen Referee Board which resolved disputes about the purity of foods. In 1879 he founded the American Chemical Journal. He edited the Journal for 35 years until it was combined with the Journal of the American Chemical Society in 1915. Women graduate students were admitted to Johns Hopkins University during his presidency.
. . . that his first experiment taught him three things? Nitric acid does indeed act upon copper and, upon fingers and, upon trousers?
. . . that he is the only person buried on campus at Johns Hopkins and according to legend, undergraduates who rub the plaque the night before their chemistry exam will do well?