BACHARACH, ALFRED LOUIS (1891–1966), British chemist and writer on musical subjects. Bacharach was an innovator in the fortification of baby milks with vitamin D, which brought about the almost complete eradication of rickets in the northern cities of Britain. He was born in London, and graduated from Cambridge. After five years in the Wellcome Research Laboratory, he joined the Glaxo Laboratories in 1920. He pioneered the development of biological assay methods for vitamins and also in microbiological assay procedures. He wrote Science and Nutrition (1938), and edited The Nation's Food (1946), Evaluation of Drug Activities: Pharmacometrics (in two volumes, with D.R. Laurence, 1964), Exploration Medicine (with O.G. Edholm, 1965), and The Physiology of Human Survival (1965). Bacharach, an accomplished pianist, edited The Musical Companion (1934; new edition, 1957), Lives of the Great Composers (1935), British Music of Our Time (1946), and The Music Masters (1957).
Chemistry in Britain, 3 (1967), 395.