Albert Benjamin Prescott

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Albert Benjamin Prescott, 1896

Albert Benjamin Prescott (December 12, 1832 – February 25, 1905) was an American chemist, born in Hastings, New York. He graduated in medicine at the University of Michigan in 1864, and was made assistant professor of organic and applied chemistry in 1870, dean of the school of pharmacy in 1876, and director of the chemical laboratory in 1884. Professor Prescott served as president of the American Chemical Society in 1886, president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 1891, and president of the American Pharmacists Association in 1900. During his tenure as Dean at the University of Michigan College of Pharmacy, Prescott encouraged the foundation of what is now the Phi Delta Chi professional pharmacy fraternity. He is buried with his wife and children on the University of Michigan campus.


  • Qualitative Chemical Analysis (1874; fifth edition, 1901)
  • Chemistry of Alcoholic Liquors (1875)
  • Outlines of Proximate Organic Analysis (1875; second edition, 1877)
  • First Book in Qualitative Chemistry (1879; eleventh edition, 1902)
  • Organic Analysis (1887; second edition, 1889)