Hermann Hille

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Hermann Hille (1871-1962) was a German-American chemist and Theosophist.

Personal life

Hermann Hille was born on June 7, 1871 in Mölln, Northern Germany.In September of 1900, Dr. Hille emigrated to the USA and he became a naturalized citizen in 1907.[1] In June 1904 he became a member of the Theosophical Society (Adyar). He married a Swedish immigrant, Christina Aronson, and they had a daughter Mona in 1909 while living in Oak Park, Illinois, near Chicago.[2][3]

Professional career

Dr. Hille was an organic chemist and developer of Argyrol, an antiseptic based on silver protein to resolve local infections in mucous membrane-lined organs, most widely publicized for its value to resolve gonorrhea infections.

Theosophical Society involvement

In June 1904 Hille became a member of the Theosophical Society (Adyar). In 1931 he published an essay the World Theosophy magazine under the title of "Why I Do Not Go to Church." The introductory footnote explains he wrote the impetus of the essay was "supplied by a discussion of the pros and cons among a group of earnest physicians constituting 'The Medical Round Table of Chicago'." That seems to have been his only writing for any Theosophical journal.

Dr. Hille remained a Theosophist till the end of his life and his daughter also became a Theosophist and a minor poet in a Chicago circle called "The Parnassian." He died in 1962.[4]

Online resources


  1. Pennsylvania, Federal Naturalization Records, 1795-1931.
  2. Cook County, Illinois, Birth Certificates Index, 1871-1922.
  3. 1910 US Census.
  4. Who Was Who in America. A component volume of Who's Who in American History. Volume 4, 1961-1968. Chicago: Marquis Who's Who, 1968.