Vienna, Austria, April 28, 1924






U.S. citizen






Married to Isabel Bader. Two sons, David and Daniel.






BSc (Engineering Chemistry);
Queen's University, Kingston, 1945
BA (History); Queen's University, 1946
MSc (Chemistry); Queen's University, 1947
MA (Chemistry); Harvard University, 1949
PhD (Chemistry); Harvard University, 1950




Honorary Degrees:


DSc University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 1980
DSc Purdue University, 1984
DSc University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1984
LLD Queen's University, 1986
DUniv University of Sussex, 1989
DSc Northwestern University, 1990
DSc University of Edinburgh, 1998
DSc Glasgow University, 1999
DSc Masaryk University, 2000




Positions Held:


Research Chemist, Pittsburgh Plate Glass Co., 1950-53
Group Leader, Pittsburgh Plate Glass Co., 1953-54
Chief Chemist, Aldrich Chemical Co., 1954-55
President, Aldrich Chemical Co., 1955-81
Chairman, Aldrich Chemical Co., 1981-91
President, Sigma-Aldrich Corporation, 1975-80
Chairman, Sigma-Aldrich Corporation, 1980-91
Chairman Emeritus, Sigma-Aldrich Corporation, 1991-92






Milwaukee Section (American Chemical Society) Award, 1971
Honorary Fellow, Royal Society of Chemistry, 1990
Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts
Guest Curator, Milwaukee Art Museum 1976 and 1989
Winthrop-Sears Medal, 1980
Fellow, Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters
The J. E. Purkyne Medal of the Czech Academy of Sciences, 1994
Charles Lathrop Parsons Award, American Chemical Society, 1995
Honorary Citizen, University of Vienna, 1995
Honorary Fellow, Chemical lnstitute of Canada, 1996
Boron USA Award, 1997
Gold Medal, American Institute of Chemists, 1997
American Chemical Society Award: 'One of the Top 75 Distinguished Contributors to the Chemical Enterprise in the Last 75 Years', 1998
CBE (Commander of the British Empire), 1998






Adventures of a Chemist Collector, Weidenfeld and Nicolson, London, 1995