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Henry Rudolf Henze, 1927-1972


Born 1896, Died 1974
PhB, Yale, 1919
PhD, Yale, 1921 (Hill)
Adjunct/Associate/Full Professor (Galveston), 1921-27

Though born in New Haven CT, Henry Henze spent his entire professional career in Texas. After graduating from high school at the age of 15, he earned his bachelor's degree in pharmacy at Yale in only three years, and his PhD less than three years after that. After a quick rise to head the department of pharmaceutical chemistry at Galveston, he came to Austin when the College of Pharmacy relocated in 1927. He spent the next 45 years teaching and conducting research at UT. He was chairman of the chemistry department from 1929 to 1939.

Henze oversaw undergraduate instruction in organic chemistry for over twenty years, and was a well known and enthusiastic, if demanding, teacher. He had a tough Germanic demeanor that some found haughty, but he was well liked by many of his students. His principal areas of research were in the synthesis of heterocyclic nitrogen compounds, Grignard reactions, and the development of anti-convulsants for epilepsy therapy (including Dilantin). His work with Charles Blair on the theoretical number of isomeric aliphatic hydrocarbons was widely cited as well.

Henze retired with emeritus status due to ill health in 1972, and died two years later.

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