Memoir

Gregory Baxter

March 3, 1876 - February 10, 1953


Election Year: 1916
Scientific Discipline: Chemistry
Membership Type: Member

Gregory Baxter was an early 20th century analytical chemist whose work largely centered on measuring atomic weights. Using then-modern techniques to produce meticulously decontaminated samples, he provided accurate measurements of the atomic weight of several elements including iodine, phosphorus, iron, and silver. He was a long-time member of the International Committee on Atomic Weights, serving as the committee’s chair from 1930 to 1947.
Baxter was born in Somerville Massachusetts and attended Harvard, graduating in 1896. He taught at Harvard from 1902 until 1944. He was named T.W. Richards professor of Chemistry in 1925.

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