Wilbur Scoville — Father of Hot

In 1912, Wilbur Scov­ille pub­lished a means of mea­sur­ing the hot­ness of a chili pep­per (the Scov­ille Scale) in “The Jour­nal of the Amer­i­can Phar­ma­cists Asso­ci­a­tion.” I was watch­ing a cool episode of Alton Brown’s Good Eats on chile pep­pers last night and thought that my phar­ma­cist friends, espe­cial­ly those who are Alton Brown fans, would enjoy that fact. Scov­ille was, by all accounts, a bril­liant chemist with a knack for com­pound­ing.