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April 23, 2019


A Tribute to Wilbur Scoville: The Hottest Pepper in The World…

Wilbur Scoville, the pharmacist who researched peppers in order to put together the Scoville scale, was born on today’s date (January 22nd) in 1865. His empirical measurement system has been used, despite subjectivity, to categorize peppers. While Scoville himself would probably be astounded to know that he’s mostly remembered for his hot pepper experiment, he’s gone down in history as an important scientific breakthrough. Although Scoville was a pharmacist and not a chef, his research and practical work in laboratory settings has made an impact in cooking along with drug making corporations, such as Parke-Davis.