Hermann Hille (1871-1962) was a German-American chemist and Theosophist.
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. 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.
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.
- "A theosophical chemist and a touchy art collector. Hermann Hille vs. Albert C. Barnes" by Dr. Marty Bax
- Pennsylvania, Federal Naturalization Records, 1795-1931.
- Cook County, Illinois, Birth Certificates Index, 1871-1922.
- 1910 US Census.
- 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.