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RISING, Willard Bradley, chemist, born in Mecklenburg, New York, 26 September, 1839. He was graduated at Hamilton college in 1864, and at the University of Michigan as a mining engineer in 1867. After a short experience as instructor in the chemical laboratory in Ann Arbor, he was called in 1867 to the chair of natural science in the University of California, where he remained for two years. Professor Rising then spent some time at the University of Heidelberg, where in 1871 he received the degree of Ph.D., and at the University of Berlin, where he made a specialty of chemistry under the direction of August W. Hofmann. On his return in 1872 he was appointed professor of chemistry in the University of California, and he has since filled that chair. For several years he was consulting analyst to the state viticultural commission, and was entrusted with important studies connected with the chemistry of wine. In 1885 he was appointed state analyst of California, with charge of the examination of various food-products. Professor Rising is a member of the Chemical society of Berlin, and of similar societies in this country, His writings include accounts of original investigations in scientific journals, and, in addition to his official reports, he has published the results of his special studies prepared at the instance of the state board of health and other state bodies.
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