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Wilbur Lincoln Scoville was born on January 22, 1865 and died in 1942.


Scoville ScaleEdit

In 1912, Scoville developed the "Scoville Organaloptic Test" to measure the perceived heat intensity of chili peppers. The test measured how much a spicy substance would have to be diluted in sugar water before its pungency was no longer noticeable. Originally, Scoville ratings were based on human response to progressive dilutions, but contemporary applications employ machines to directly measure amounts of capsaicinoids, the chemicals responsible for the sensation of heat.