Madison, Wisconsin, United States
Kahlenberg graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1893. He worked at the same university from 1895 to 1941.
Augustusplatz 10, 04109 Leipzig, Germany
Kahlenberg graduated from the University of Leipzig in 1895.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
Louis attended Wisconsin State College of Milwaukee for a year.
Kahlenberg attended Milwaukee Normal School (nowadays Wisconsin State College of Milwaukee) for a year. In 1892, he received a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Science degree in 1893 from the University of Wisconsin. Also in 1895, Louis was given a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Leipzig.
Kahlenberg began his career as a instructor in pharmaceutical technique and physical chemistry at the University of Wisconsin in 1895. Two years later he took a position of an assistant professor of physical chemistry at the same university. Then in 1901, Louis became a professor of chemistry at the University of Wisconsin and held it until his retirement in 1940 as a professor emeritus. Also he served as a chairman of the chemistry department from 1908 to 1919 at that university.
In addition, he was an a associate editor of the "Journal of Physical Chemistry" for almost twenty-five years and was connected with the "Journal de Chemie Physique" for almost twenty years.
Kahlenberg had a deep love for Germany and was an outspoken opponent of America’s entry into World War I.
Kahlenberg was a leading opponent of Arrhenius’ theory of ionization. His opposition was, doubtless, a factor in the ultimate reexamination of solution theory, which led to such modifications of Arrhenius’ theory as those of Edbye and Hückel.
Kahlenberg was a president of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters from 1906 to 1909 and the American Electrochemical Society in 1930-1931. Also he was a member of American Association for the Advancement of Science.
On July 21, 1896 Louis Kahlenberg married Lillian (Heald) Kahlenberg. They had a daughter and two sons.