First president of the American Chemical Society
A pioneer in photography who took the first photograph of the moon and one of the first photographs of a living human being, his sister
Wrote papers on radiant energy, capillary attraction, respiration, and chemical analysis. Studied the nature of flames and the condition of the sun’s surface. Photographed Fraunhofer lines. Determined that ignited solids yield a continuous spectrum. Invented chlorohydrogen photometer. Wrote textbooks on chemistry, human physiology and natural philosophy.
. . .that New York University in 1976 founded the John W. Draper Interdisciplinary Master’s Program in Humanities and Social Thought in honor of his life-long commitment to interdisciplinary study?
. . . that in 1869 William H. Nichols (future ACS president) studied under Draper, whom Nichols considered to be “the most outstanding of all the chemists of that time”?