Arthur W. Palmer was born in London, England in 1861. He obtained a BS in chemistry at the University of Illinois in 1883 and an ScD in chemistry from Harvard in 1886. He then spent a year in Germany, studying first with Victor Meyer and then with August Hofmann. While in Berlin with Hofmann he began his work on arsines, which culminated three years later, after his return to the University of Illinois, in the establishment if the existence of that series which to date had been described as not existing. Dr.