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Vocabulary:

professor
curing
viscosity
fat content


Interesting Fact:

Babcock did not like telephones and he refused to have one in his home. The University insisted that he have one in his office but he would never answer it.


Study Questions:

  • What is the "cold storage" method of storing cheese?
  • What does a viscosity tester do?
  • What special treat at the UW-Madison can you buy today at the Babcock Hall?


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    U.S. historical events that occurred on October 22:

    1746: Princeton University is founded.



  • October 22

    October 22, 1843: Stephen Babcock, inventor and professor, was born in New York state. He came to the University of Wisconsin in 1887 as professor of agricultural chemistry. Babcock's inventions and developments included a device that measured the fat content of milk, the "cold storage" method of curing cheese, cream separators and viscosity testers. He also contributed to tests which led to the discovery of vitamin A by others. Died: July 2, 1931.


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