Theodore William Richards
Theodore William Richards

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Name: Theodore William Richards
Occupation: Chemist
Gender: Male
Birth Day: January 31, 1868
Death Date: Apr 2, 1928 (age 60)
Age: Aged 60
Country: United States
Zodiac Sign: Aquarius

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Theodore William Richards

Theodore William Richards was born on January 31, 1868 in United States (60 years old). Theodore William Richards is a Chemist, zodiac sign: Aquarius. Find out Theodore William Richardsnet worth 2020, salary 2020 detail bellow.


He was the first American chemist to win the Nobel Prize for Chemistry.

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As per our current Database, Theodore William Richards died on Apr 2, 1928 (age 60).

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Before Fame

He entered Haverford College in 1883 at the young age of fourteen before graduating from Harvard University in 1886.

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Beginning in 1878, the Richards family spent two years in Europe, largely in England, where Theodore Richards' scientific interests grew stronger. After the family's return to the United States, he entered Haverford College, Pennsylvania in 1883 at the age of 14, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in 1885. He then enrolled at Harvard University and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1886, as further preparation for graduate studies.


About half of Richards's scientific research concerned atomic weights, starting in 1886 with his graduate studies. On returning to Harvard in 1889, this was his first line of research, continuing up to his death. According to Forbes, by 1932 the atomic weights of 55 elements had been studied by Richards and his students. Among the potential sources of error Richards uncovered in such determinations was the tendency of certain salts to occlude gases or foreign solutes on precipitation. As an example of the care Richards used in his work, Emsley reports that he carried out 15,000 recrystallizations of thulium bromate in order to obtain the pure element thulium for an atomic weight measurement.


In 1896, Richards married Miriam Stuart Thayer. The couple had one daughter, Grace Thayer (who married James Bryant Conant), and two sons, Greenough Thayer and William Theodore. Both sons died by suicide.


Richards continued on at Harvard, taking as his dissertation topic the determination of the atomic weight of oxygen relative to hydrogen. His doctoral advisor was Josiah Parsons Cooke. Following a year of post-doctoral work in Germany, where he studied under Victor Meyer at the University of Göttingen and others, Richards returned to Harvard as an assistant in chemistry, then instructor, assistant professor, and finally full professor in 1901. In 1903 he became chairman of the Department of Chemistry at Harvard, and in 1912 he was appointed Erving Professor of Chemistry and Director of the new Wolcott Gibbs Memorial Laboratory.


Richards' maintained interests in both art and music. Among his recreations were sketching, golf, and sailing. He died at Cambridge, Massachusetts, on April 2, 1928, at the age of 60. According to one of his descendants, Richards suffered from "chronic respiratory problems and a prolonged depression."

Family Life

Theodore had two sons with his wife Miriam Stuart Thayer, who he married in 1896.

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