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A Guide to the Henry Henze Papers, 1921-1962
Henry Rudolf Henze was born on January 11, 1896, in New Haven, Connecticut. He earned his Ph.B. degree in 1918 and Ph.D. degree in 1921 from Yale University. While a student at Yale, Henze was a Junior Chemist at the U.S. Bureau of Mines and Chemical Warfare Service.
In 1922, Henze became Adjunct Professor of Chemistry at the College of Pharmacy at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. He served as Professor and Head of the Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry there from 1924 to 1927. When the College of Pharmacy relocated to the University of Texas at Austin, Henze continued on there as Professor of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, still serving as Lecturer in Pharmacology and Toxicology at Galveston. He served as Chairman of the Chemistry Department from 1929 to 1939, was awarded a University Research Professorship in 1945-1946, and served as Chairman of the UT Faculty Council Ways and Means Committee in the mid 1950s. Professor Henze retired in 1969 with the title of Professor Emeritus of Chemistry.
Dr. Henze was the author or coauthor of over 100 research articles and he obtained 11 patents based on his research. His work mainly focused on hydantoins, pyrimidines, and related compounds, especially compounds that could be used for the control of epilepsy in patients. He was a member of the American Chemical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Texas Academy of Science, Sigma Xi, Alpha Chi Sigma, and was an associate member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. In 1953 he was awarded the Southwest Regional Award of the American Chemical Society.
Dr. Henze married Elizabeth Sledge in 1933 and the couple had one son, Henry R. Henze, Jr. He died in Austin on September 21, 1974.
UT Faculty Council Memorial Resolution for Henry Henze, accessed October 10, 2016
The Henry Henze Papers, 1921-1962, are comprised of reprints of research publications written by Henze, mainly for the Journal of the American Chemical Society and the Journal of Organic Chemistry, as well as research notes, correspondence, UT-related administrative and course materials, and manuscripts for publications. Henze's dissertation for his Ph.D. degree from Yale University, "Factors Influencing the Condensation of Hydantoins with Compounds Containing the Carbonyl Group", is also included in the collection. Henze's role in the National Science Foundation Undergraduate Research Participation Program from the late 1950s to the early 1960s is also documented. Additionally, the papers contain materials concerning the UT Faculty Council Ways and Means Committee, of which Henze served as Chairman, 1953-1955; materials pertaining to the Southwest Regional Award of the American Chemical Society, awarded to Henze in 1953; and information related to patents developed and obtained by Henze.
This collection is open for research use.
These papers are stored remotely. Advance notice required for retrieval. Contact repository for retrieval.
Henry Henze Papers, 1921-1962, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
This collection was processed by archives staff, August 1976.
Subsequent revisions were made by Jessi Fishman, October 2016.