Robert Pauli Scherer

Robert Pauli Scherer (HM1LAL)

Location: Detroit, MI 48202 Wayne County
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Country: United States of America
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N 42° 21.634', W 83° 3.925'

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Robert Pauli Scherer (1906-1960) was a native of Detroit and a graduate of Detroit's public schools. In 1930, at the age of twenty-four, he invented the rotary die encapsulation machine in a workshop located in the basement of this structure. The building was then the home of his parents, Dr. and Mrs. Otto Scherer. R.P. Scherer's invention transformed the production of soft gelatin capsules used in the pharmaceutical industry into a commercial process that helped raise worldwide health and nutritional standards. In 1933, he founded the present-day R.P. Scherer Corporation. With eighteen plants in twelve countries, the firm was the world's largest manufacturer of soft gelatin capsules in 1984. An ingenious inventor, Scherer received fifty-two patents during his lifetime. His experimental machine was placed in the Smithsonian Institution in 1955.
Marker NumberS563
Year Placed1984
Placed ByMichigan History Division, Department of State
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Date Added Wednesday, June 24th, 2015 at 10:02am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17T E 329912 N 4691876
Decimal Degrees42.36056667, -83.06541667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 21.634', W 83° 3.925'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 21' 38.04" N, 83° 3' 55.5" W
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Area Code(s)313, 586
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 67 E Kirby St, Detroit MI 48202, US
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