Posted by: Dave DeWitt on Aug 27, 2009
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.