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The Office of the Smithsonian Chemist appears to have been officially created c. 1876. In Henry's annual report for 1876, he mentions that for part of the past year, Dr. Oscar Loew, the chemist and mineralogist of the Wheeler Survey, has been in charge of the Chemical Laboratory of the Institution. Prior to 1876, the Smithsonian had maintained informal relations with a number of chemists, who had use of the facilities of the Institution to carry out work for themselves, and for the Institution.


  • Loew, Oscar
  • United States Geological Survey (USGS)


Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • The office is abolished c. 1884 when Frederick Taylor (Chemist 1877-1884) resigns and the work is transferred to the United States Geological Survey as needed.
  • Guide to Smithsonian Archives. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1983. Archives and Special Collections of the Smithsonian Institution Number 4., p. 178
  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1876, p. 37

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  • Wheeler Survey
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