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George Rieveschl

AKA George Rieveschl, Jr.

Born: 9-Jan-1916
Birthplace: Lockland, OH
Died: 27-Sep-2007
Location of death: Cincinnati, OH
Cause of death: Pneumonia

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Chemist
Party Affiliation: Republican

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Discovered Benadryl

Discovered beta-dimethylaminoethylbenzhydryl ether hydrochloride, an antihistamine which he called Benadryl, while studying muscle relaxers at the University of Cincinnati. He brought the discovery with him to Parke-Davis, which began selling the drug in 1946, making Rieveschl millions in royalties until the patent expired in 1964. Benadryl has been available over-the-counter since the 1980s.

Father: George Rieveschl
Mother: Alma Hoffling
Wife: Ellen (two sons)
Son: Gary T. Rieveschl
Son: Jan L. Rieveschl

    High School: Ohio Mechanics Institute of Technology (1933)
    University: BS, University of Cincinnati (1937)
    University: MS, University of Cincinnati (1939)
    University: PhD Chemistry, University of Cincinnati (1940)
    Professor: Chemistry, University of Cincinnati (1940-1943)
    Administrator: VP Research, University of Cincinnati (1970-82)

    Parke-Davis VP Commercial Development (1961-65)
    Parke-Davis (1943-61)
    University of Cincinnati Foundation Founder (1977)
    American Association for the Advancement of Science
    Bush-Cheney '04 $2000 (23-Jun-2003)
    International Science and Engineering Hall of Fame
    New York Academy of Sciences
    Ohio Academy of Science
    Romney for President $1000 (27-Mar-2007)

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