Thursday, November 4, 2010

All In The Family

Here is a fascinating chart showing the partial lineage of PhD degrees in the field of chemistry. It's a bit dated now (1979), and is tailored to University of Wisconsin-Madison faculty (whence the "Badger Geneology") but fortunately older geneology never changes--you just have to know where to jump in.

Basically, every PhD chemist can trace their Doktorvater lineage back to just three prominent 18th century chemists: C.L. Berthollet, A.F. Fourcroy (both of Paris) and J.J. Berzelius (of Stockholm). I am descended from Fourcroy.

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