Sunday, April 17, 2011

Wiley in Rome, April 1906


Washington, D. C, December 30.—The Sixth International Congress of Applied. Chemistry, which meets every three years, will convene in Rome Easter Monday, 1906. The congress meets there at the invitation of and under the patronage of the Italian (government, and the King of Italy will be present to open the session.

A cordial invitation to attend the meeting has been received from King Victor Emmanuel, which has followed the regular course, passing through the Italian embassy and the State Department to Dr. H. W. Wiley, Chief of the Bureau or Chemistry, who is chairman of the American committee of the section.

Dr. Wiley said of the forthcoming congress:

"The meeting of the Sixth International Congress of Applied Chemistry is a matter in which American chemists are interested, for, as a matter of fact, there will be not less than 100 of the lending chemists of this country in attendance."

This puts Harvey Wiley in Rome right at the time of the death of the leader of the Roman Catholic religious order that runs Washington, D.C.'s oldest university with the greatest participation in the U.S. government.

In 1905, a tumor forced the amputation of his right arm. Pope Pius X granted him permission to celebrate mass despite his disability, a privilege for which he was most grateful. The cancer, however, soon invaded his lungs and he died in Rome, on 18 April 1906.

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