Alabama Academy of Honor

Emmett B. Carmichael

The following biographical sketch was compiled at the time of induction into the Academy in 1973.

Dr. Emmett Bryan Carmichael was a biochemist by profession, receiving bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Colorado and the doctoral degree from the University of Cincinnati. Beginning as an instructor in chemistry at the University of Colorado in 1919, following service as an ordnance officer in World War I, Dr. Carmichael came to the University of Alabama in 1927 as assistant professor and head of the department of physiological chemistry. He became professor of biochemistry at the Medical College of Alabama in 1945 and of the School of Chemistry in 1948, positions he held simultaneously until 1966. From 1959 to 1966 he served also as assistant dean of the School of Dentistry.

As well as a professor and college administrator, Dr. Carmichael was the author of numerous articles on the history of medicine and its practitioners. He was editor of the Journal of the Alabama Academy of Science, 1942-48, the Phi Beta Pi Quarterly 1945-49, and the Alabama Journal of Medical Science, 1962-66. He maintained an active interest in medical publication by serving on editorial advisory boards and by regularly contributing articles to scientific journals.

In 1965 he received the Southern Chemist Award from the Memphis section of the American Chemical Society and in 1966 both the William Crawford Gorgas Award from the Alabama Medical Association and the Distinguished Service Award from Alpha Epsilon Delta. He also held state, regional, and national offices in many professional and fraternal organizations into which he poured energy, enthusiasm and hard work. Always eager to recognize the same qualities in others, he was a prolific writer of biographical essays for many publications. He also was the originator of the Alabama Academy of Honor and was a prime mover in the organization. He is now deceased.