Just three years after joining the National Bureau of Standards, Edward Wichers had published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society a paper called "The Preparation of Pure Platinum" one of many published works throughout his career. He and Hope's sixth president, Wynand Wichers, were brothers.
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Van Heest, Valerie (Ed.). (2009). A Century of Science: Excellence at Hope College. Holland, MI: Hope College.; page 28