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ID: OH/OH055
Extent: 0.05 Linear Feet
Predominant Dates: 6/7/1982
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Francis Schmitt (1903-1995) was a molecular biologist who was born in St. Louis, Missouri.  Schmitt received his bachelor’s degree in 1924 from Washington University.  Under the direction of Joseph Erlanger at the Washington University School of Medicine, Schmitt earned his Ph.D. in physiology in 1927.  He then served on the faculty of the university’s Zoology department from 1929 to 1941 until he was recruited by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to head its Biology Department.  He held this position until 1955 when he became MIT’s second Institute Professor.  While at MIT, he established the first U.S. center for electron microscopy, and in 1962, Schmitt established the Neurosciences Research Program housed at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.  Schmitt received numerous awards and honors throughout his career, and was a member of both the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences.
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Preferred Citation: Francis O. Schmitt Oral History, Bernard Becker Medical Library Archives, Washington University School of Medicine.
Collection Material Type: Oral History
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