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Dr. Babcock receiving Capper Award check

In 1890 a state agricultural bulletin told about the Babcock Test. The article ended with these words: "The test is not patented." This meant that Dr. Babcock would not make people pay for using his invention. He had given up a fortune, but he had gained fame.

Little did Dr. Babcock realize that his milk tester would some day be praised as one of the world's most important helps to man. Yet that is just what happened. Today no dairy is complete without one.

at Utah Agricultural College

"A Fortune Given Away." Henderson, Margaret G., Ethel Dewey Speerschneider and Helen L. Ferslev. It Happened Here: Stories of Wisconsin. Madison: State Historical Society of Wisconsin, 1949. 206-208.
Copyright 1949 by the State Historical Society of Wisconsin. Used with permission.
From the Stacks of Memorial Library, University of Wisconsin, Madison: F 581 H45.