NATIONAL LIBRARY OF MEDICINE - History of Medicine Division
Tuesday, June 24, 2008, 2:00-3:15 pm, Lister Hill Auditorium, Bldg 38A, NLM, Bethesda, MD
"Alan Gregg: A Profile in Science, Medicine, and Philanthropy"
Speaker: Dr. William H. Schneider, PhD, Indiana University
In a career spanning nearly four decades, Rockefeller Foundation officer Alan Gregg (1890-1957) became one of the most influential men in the world of medical education and research. Joining the Rockefeller Foundation in 1919 as an International Health Board field officer, Gregg then served as Director of the Medical Sciences Division for over twenty years, before finishing his career as the foundation's Vice President. During this time, he oversaw the expenditure of millions of dollars to physicians, scientists, universities, and institutes engaged in medical training and research. Given the Rockefeller Foundation's importance, Gregg contributed to many important medical developments of his day, including the establishment of psychiatry as a scientific discipline, Alfred C. Kinsey's sex research, trials and development of sulfanilamide and penicillin, and the establishment of the National Library of Medicine. Even more significant was Gregg's role in creating the model of medical research funding, which still prevails in the United States today.
The Alan Gregg Papers were recently released on NLM's Profiles in Science at http://profiles.nlm.nih.gov in collaboration with the Indiana University Center on Philanthropy and the Rockefeller Archive Center. The online exhibition features correspondence, diary entries, draft and published articles, and photographs from the Alan Gregg collection at the National Library of Medicine and the Rockefeller Archive Center.
Dr. William H. Schneider is a Professor of History, Baker-Ort Chair of International Healthcare Philanthropy in the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University, and Director of the Medical Humanities program, based in the School of Liberal Arts. He is a Core Faculty member of the Indiana University Center for Bioethics, with an adjunct appointment in the Department of Medical and Molecular Genetics in the School of Medicine. Dr. Schneider selected the documents and wrote the interpretive background for the Alan Gregg Profiles in Science site.
All are welcome.
Sponsored by the History of Medicine Division, National Library of Medicine.
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Digital Manuscripts Program
History of Medicine Division
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