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Title: Charles O. Curtman PapersAdd to your cart.
ID: FC/FC093
Extent: 0.5 Linear Feet
Predominant Dates: 1865-1897
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Curtman (1829-1896) was born Karl Otto Curtman in Giessen, Germany and was a medical graduate of the university in his native city, where he was a student of Justus von Liebig. After working in Antwerp, Belgium as an industrial chemist, he emigrated to the United States and settled in New Orleans in 1850. When the Civil War began he was commissioned as a medical officer in a Confederate cavalry unit, but soon thereafter was assigned to direct the manufacture of medicines and explosives at army laboratories. After the war he practiced medicine in Memphis and from there was recruited to join the faculty of Missouri Medical College in St. Louis. He was Professor of Chemistry at the College from 1868 until 1874 and again from 1883 until his death. He also taught at the St. Louis College of Pharmacy (the two colleges maintained an informal affiliation) and was on the staff of the Mallinckrodt Chemical Works in the city. Too early to be considered a “biochemist,” he was nonetheless a significant local pioneer in investigating and teaching laboratory science to medical and pharmacy students. He was the author of three laboratory manuals and numerous journal reviews of current scientific developments. At the very end of his life, he was among the first in St. Louis to investigate applications for the newly discovered principles of x-ray technology.
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Related Materials: See also FP005 (Vertical file “C”): Biographical information on W. J. G. Curtman (1802-1871), father of Charles Otto Curtman. Three German language articles (two in partial English translations by the donor), 1876, 1918, 1992, and a genealogical chart of the Curtman family. An oil portrait, two original print photographs and two reproduced engravings modeled on photographs ascribed to Curtman’s daughter, Charlotte Curtman, are in the visual collections.
Preferred Citation: [Item description, Box number, Folder number], Charles O. Curtman Papers, Bernard Becker Medical Library Archives, Washington University School of Medicine.
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