Only Known Photo of Wilbur Scoville--Found at Last!

Posted by: Dave DeWitt

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Wilbur Scoville invented the Scoville Organoleptic Test for measuring the heat in chile peppers while working for Parke-Davis pharmaceutical corporation in 1912 in Detroit.  But before then, he was a professor at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Boston.  A librarian at the Henrietta Benedictis Health Sciences Library at the College was kind enough to track down and scan this photo from an early yearbook at the request of Lee Robinson, a video producer for Jupiter Entertainment, who needed it for a new chile pepper documentary (or reality show--who knows?) he's working on.  Hats are off to Lee, who accomplished a feat that I could not pull off.  Chile pepper history is a little more complete now.  This photo is circa 1909.  For related stories, go here.


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This is awesome! Finally we have a face going with the now famous name!smilies/smiley.gif
Steve H. , September 25, 2009
Now how cool is this post. We've all wondered why you are so passionate about chiles, besides the fact that it's what you do for a living - and lo and behold, it appears that you're the reincarnation of Wilbur Scoville himself!! Looks a lot like ya, Dave!

Melanie Yunk , August 29, 2009

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