Max Henius

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Max Henius (June 16, 1859 – November 15, 1935) was a Danish-American biochemist who specialized in the fermentation processes. Max Henius co-founded the American Academy of Brewing in Chicago.

Background[edit]

Max Henius was born in Aalborg, Denmark. His parents were Polish Jewish immigrants Emilie (née Wasserzug) and Isidor Henius. His father emigrated from Poland to Denmark in 1837,[1] and founded De Danske Spritfabrikker, a Danish Distillery which is now part of V&S Group.Isidor also build a small castel in Aalborg, now called Sohngaardsholm Slot. Since 2005 a gourmet restaurant. Max Henius emigrated to the United States in 1881 at the age of 22 from Aalborg, settling in Chicago.

In Chicago, he married Danish-born Johanne Louise Heiberg, who was the sister of historian Johan Ludvig Heiberg and related to Danish author Peter Andreas Heiberg.[2] His great-grandchildren are actors Keith Carradine, Robert Carradine, Christopher Carradine, and Michael Bowen.

Career[edit]

Together with Robert Wahl, Henius founded an institute for chemical and mechanical analysis. Founded in 1891, the Chicago-based American Brewing Academy (later known as the Wahl-Henius Institute of Fermentology) was one of the premier brewing schools of the pre-prohibition era. This institute was later expanded with a brew master school.[3]

At the turn of the century Max Henius began to be interested in Danish-American organizations in Chicago. Funds were being raised by Danish Americans to purchase to 200 acres (0.81 km2) of heather-covered hills, located in part of Rold Forest (Danish: Rold Skov), Denmark's largest forest. In 1912 Max Henius presented the deed to H.M. King Christian X as a permanent memorial from Danish Americans. Rebild National Park (Danish:Rebild Bakker) is today a Danish national park situated near the town of Skørping in Rebild municipality, Region Nordjylland in northern Jutland, Denmark. Every July 4 since 1912, except for the two world wars, large crowds have gathered in the heather-covered hills of Rebild to celebrate American Independence Day. On the slope north of Rebild, where the residence of Max Henius was once located, a bust is placed in his memory.[4]

Selected works[edit]

  • American liquor code, an outline (1933)
  • Stepping stones from prohibition (1932)
  • The error in the National prohibition act (1931)
  • Modern liquor legislation and systems in Finland, Norway, Denmark and Sweden (1931)
  • Danish beer & continental beer gardens (1914)
  • Den danskfødte Amerikaner (1912)
  • American Handy-Book of the Brewing, Malting and Auxiliary Trades jointly with Robert Wahl (1901)

References[edit]

http://www.sohngaardsholmslot.dk

Primary sources[edit]

  • Max Henius, a biography (by Max Henius Memoir Committee. Chicago, 1936)

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