Picture of Dr. Stephen Babcock with his butterfat tester.

Dr. Stephen Babcock pictured with a butterfat tester


Dr. Stephen Moulton Babcock (1843-1931), a professor at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, invented a test in 1890 that permitted farmers to measure the fat content of their milk. This enabled them to systematically produce cream, butter, cheese, ice cream, and other dairy products that met specific market standards. He is shown in this photograph in the mid-1920's, with a butterfat tester.


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Creator: Diemer, Melvin E.
Pub Data: Original photograph in the visual materials collection of the Wisconsin Historical Society Archives.
Citation: Diemer, Melvin E. Untitled photograph of Dr. Stephen Babock in the visual materials collection of the Wisconsin Historical Society Archives. Online facsimile at:  http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/turningpoints/search.asp?id=833; Visited on: 8/30/2014
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