1806 – Alexander Bache was born 19th of July in Philadelphia.
1825 – Entered West Point at the age of 15. The youngest in his class, he graduated with highest achievement and stayed on for a year as an assistant in engineering.
1828-1841 – Occupied the post of professor of natural philosophy and chemistry at the University of Pennsylvania.
1828 – Assigned to Newport, R.I. There he met Nancy Clarke Fowler, whom he married. He resigned from the Army and accepted a professorship in chemistry at the University of Pennsylvania.
1836 – Accepted the presidency of a new college for the education of "poor male white orphan children." The college bore the name of its benefactor, Stephen Girard, a wealthy Philadelphia merchant.
1839 – Published the lengthy, exacting Report on Education in Europe. This study of comparative education, covering "the systems of general education" as well as the education of orphans, was very influential.
1839-1842 – Served as the first President of Central High School of Philadelphia.
1842-1843 – Professor of natural philosophy and chemistry at the University of Pennsylvania.
1843 – President Tyler appointed Bache superintendent of the U.S. Coast Survey.
1863-1867 – Directed the expansion of the office’s scientific activity. He was influential in establishing the National Academy of Sciences and was its first president.
1867 – He died 17th of April at Newport, Rhode Island.