Horace Terhune Herrick

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Horace Terhune Herrick, (April 22, 1887 – October 8, 1948) was a scientist, and director of the North Regional Research Laboratory of the United States Department of Agriculture.[1][2]


Herrick was born in Newark, New Jersey on April 22, 1887 to James Frederick Herrick and Christine Terhune Herrick. He graduated from Columbia University from the Henry Krumb School of Mines with a degree in chemical engineering and by 1910 was working in the research laboratories of the New Jersey Zinc Company, in Palmerton, Pennsylvania.[3]

In 1929 he developed a process for making gluconic acid by fermentation with Orville E. May.[4][5]

He died on October 8, 1948.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Horace Herrick, 61, Agricultural Aide". The New York Times. October 8, 1948. Retrieved June 18, 2010. Horace Terhune Herrick, special assistant to the chief of the Bureau of Agricultural Commodities and Industrial Chemistry, died at his home here this ... 
  2. ^ "Medical News" (PDF). JAMA. Retrieved 2010-07-12. Horace T. Herrick,. Chem.E., director, North Regional Research Laboratory of the U. S. Department of Agriculture ... 
  3. ^ Columbia University, Henry Krumb School of Mines. Columbia University. 1912. Retrieved 2010-07-12. Horace T. Herrick, Chem. E., has a position in the research laboratories of the New Jersey Zinc Co., at Palmerton, NJ [sic] 
  4. ^ "Ugly Green Mold". Popular Science. March 1, 1931. Retrieved 2010-07-12. Only recently, two chemists of the Department of Agriculture, Horace T. Herrick and Orville E. May, working in Washington to produce tartaric acid from ... 
  5. ^ "All Chemistry". Time magazine. May 13, 1929. Retrieved 2010-07-12. Dr. Horace T. Herrick (U. S. Department of Agriculture) told of experiments aiming to produce tartaric acid from mold. They did not succeed in their aim, but a way was found of procuring gluconic acid. This acid formerly cost $100 per lb., can now be made for less than 35¢. It can be used in dyestuff manufacture at the new price; also, to make calcium gluconate, valuable medicinally in the treatment of hemorrhages.