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Description - Chemistry and Art by Alfred Bader

This book begins where Alfred Bader's first autobiography, ADVENTURES OF A CHEMIST COLLECTOR, ended - with the boardroom coup in which he was dismissed from the chemical company he had built up from the ground. Bader now turns his enormous energy to Old Master paintings, in which he had become interested at a young age and in which he by now has the means to invest. The chapters that follow are roughly chronological, with some devoted to particularly meaningful paintings or groups of paintings, memorable auctions, mysteries or discoveries relating to the artworks in the Bader Collection, while others are dedicated to friends, family, love, religion, charity, and, occasionally, chemistry.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780297855125
ISBN-10: 0297855123
Format: Hardback
(237mm x 159mm x 30mm)
Pages: 256
Imprint: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Publish Date: 10-Jul-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Alfred Bader

Born in Vienna, Alfred Bader fled to England at the age of 14 just before the outbreak of World War II, where he was interned as an enemy alien and sent to a Canadian prisoner of war camp. On his release in 1941 he read engineering chemistry at Queen's University, Ontario, and was subsequently a fellow in Organic Chemistry at Harvard. In 1951 he founded Aldrich, which became, as Sigma-Aldrich, one of the world's largest suppliers of research chemicals. After being ousted from the company in a boardroom coup he turned his attention to Old Master paintings, becoming a leading collector and dealer. Alfred and his family have become well known as generous benefactors in many diverse fields and his personal philanthropy has been directed towards helping students and teachers of chemistry and art history.