- NAME: Harvey Washington Wiley
- OCCUPATION: Activist, Chemist, Writer
- BIRTH DATE: October 18, 1844
- DEATH DATE: June 30, 1930
- EDUCATION: Hanover College, Indiana Medical College
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Kent, Indiana
- PLACE OF DEATH: Washington, D.C.
- AKA: Harvey Wiley
- AKA: Harvey W. Wiley
- Nickname: "Father of the FDA"
- Full Name: Harvey Washington Wiley
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Harvey Washington Wiley was an American chemist known as the "Father of the FDA." Throughout much of his career, Wiley campaigned for reforms in food manufacturing and in food labeling.
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In the process, he found himself tangling with both government officials and industry leaders over the act. The frustrated champion for food reform resigned his post in 1912.
After leaving the government's employ, Harvey Wiley continued his efforts to help consumers. He went to work for Good Housekeeping magazine in 1912, becoming director of its food bureau. Three years later, he published Not By Bread Alone, in which he offered readers insights on nutrition.
Reflecting on the influential act that he helped pass, Wiley penned History of a Crime Against the Food Law, published in 1929, which provided readers with a look through his investigations and struggles to bring safer products to market. History of a Crime work proved to be one of his final acts of food advocacy.
Harvey Washington Wiley died on June 30, 1930, at the age of 86, at his home in Washington, D.C. He is buried at Arlington Cemetery.
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