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BREWER, William Henry, chemist, born in Poughkeepsie, New York, 14 September, 1828. He was graduated at Yale (now Sheffield) scientific school in 1852, and spent some time in Germany, studying at the universities of Heidelberg and Munich. In 1858 he became professor of chemistry and geology in Washington College, Pennsylvania From 1860 till 1864 he was first assistant on the geological survey of California, and during 1863-'4 professor of chemistry in the University of California. In 1864 he was called to the chair of agriculture at Yale. Prof. Brewer is a member of numerous scientific societies, and in 1880 was elected a member of the National academy of sciences. For some years he has been a member of the Connecticut state board of health, and has contributed papers to its reports. He has also contributed analyses of minerals to Dana's "Mineralogy"; but his scientific papers are devoted principally to chemical agriculture. He has edited the "Botany of California" (vol. i., 1886) and "Cereal Production in the United States" ("Reports of the Tenth Census," vol. iii.).
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