I was wondering if anyone knew who the first ever person was to receive a PhD in chemistry. I have been researching for hours and can't find the answer anywhere. If anyone knows, please let me know. Thank you.
I don't get it, but perhaps I am missing some interesting information here. Do you mean that none of the 19th century chemists (like Kekule, Erlenmeyer, Canizzaro, Liebig, Wohler to name a few) did not have a PhD? Or do you mean they had PhD but the field was not called 'Chemistry'? Or do you mean 'American PhD'?
In the old days I believe there wasn't a distinction made between the braches of science - in fact there wasn't a distinction made between philosophy, theology, mathematics and science! So thats why today people with doctorates in philosophy and people studying physics both share the title 'Doctor of Philosophy' I believe the three major divisions were law, medicine, and 'philosophy' which included mathematics and all branches of science.