AB, Hope College, 1913; Doctor of Science (honorary), Hope College, 1941; Master of Science, University of Illinois, 1915; Doctor of Philosophy, University of Illinois, 1917.
He is notable for his work on atomic weights of the elements. In 1941 he was awarded the Honorary Doctor of Science degree at Hope College commencement. Wichers was assigned to the Manhattan Project at Los Alamos to work on the first atomic bomb, 1944-1945.
He headed the International Atomic Weights Commission from 1950-1959 and from 1964-1969, and was the President of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry"s Inorganic Chemistry Division from 1955-1957.
Elder, trustee in Presbyterian Church. Member American Chemical Society (councillor, president Washington section 1932), Washington Academy of Sciences (vice president 1932), International Union Pure and Applied Chemistry (president section, inorganic chemistry 1955-1959).
Son of William and Willemina (Pyl) W. m. Ruth hopkins, June 30, 1917, 1 child, Edward Hopkins.