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Robert Pauli Scherer

 
 
Robert Pauli Scherer Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel S., June 3, 2015
1. Robert Pauli Scherer Marker
Inscription. 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.
 
Erected 1984 by Michigan History Division, Department of State. (Marker Number S563.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Michigan Historical Commission marker series.
 
Location. 42° 21.634′ N, 83° 3.925′ W. Marker is in Detroit, Michigan, in Wayne County. Marker is on East Kirby Street 0.1 miles east of Michigan Route 1, on the left
Robert Pauli Scherer House image. Click for full size.
By Joel S., June 3, 2015
2. Robert Pauli Scherer House
when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 67 East Kirby Street, Detroit MI 48202, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Charles Lang Freer House / Merrill-Palmer Institute (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lewis College of Business (about 500 feet away); Omega Psi Phi (about 700 feet away); Scarab Club (approx. 0.2 miles away); Detroit Association of Women's Clubs (approx. 0.2 miles away); Wayne State University (approx. 0.4 miles away); First Congregational Church of Detroit (approx. 0.4 miles away); Thompson Home (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Detroit.
 
Additional comments.
1. R.P. Scherer Corporation merged with Cardinal Health, Inc.
Cardinal Health, Inc. of Dublin, Ohio merged with R.P. Scherer Corporation in August 1998 - PR Newswire
    — Submitted June 23, 2015, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.

2. Hellenic Museum of Michigan
The Scherer home is now home to the Hellenic Museum of Michigan.
    — Submitted June 23, 2015, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.

 
Categories. Industry & CommerceScience & Medicine
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 199 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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