Werner Emmanuel Bachmann

by: Brittany Quiring 4th

Contributions to science

Bachmann was a U.S, classical, organic, chemist. An exceptionally gifted experimentalist and an incisive and constructive thinker. He went to school for engineering and chemistry. He became a instructor in chemistry in 1925. He resumed his graduate work and was awarded the degree of Philosophy in 1926. His essay that won the award was over the reducing action of magnesium and magnesium iodide on diaryl keytones. In the summers of 1926 and 1927 Bachmann's experience in synthetic organic chemistry expanded by working in the new organic laboratory of the Eastman Kodak company while he was working with Hans Thatcher Clark. Bachmann's studies over natural products began when he had to do a project over lycopene in 1928. In 1929 he returned to Michigan as a chemistry assistant. In 1933 he received the Henry Russell award in Michigan for outstanding teaching and his years of research. Following this was his promotion to associate professor in 1935. In the summer of 1940 he began his studies on RDX, along with other scientists in the national defense research committee. Most of the other professors lacked knowledge for chemistry of explosives. Werner Bachmann's researches ended in 1951 when he tragically died. Although he still lives on through his students.