Oliver H. Lowry Oral History


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Oliver H. Lowry Oral History


  • 6/16/1972 (Creation)


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Oliver H. Lowry was born in Chicago and received his master's degree and doctorate in biochemistry from the University of Chicago. He initially lectured at Harvard Medical School, where in 1939 he published his first scientific paper. He worked at the Public Health Research Institute of the City of New York from 1942 to 1947, then moved to Washington University, where he headed the department of pharmacology for the next 29 years and, in the late 1950's, was also dean of the medical school. Also in the 1950's, Lowry found a way of isolating, preparing, weighing, and chemically studying single nerve cells and sub-cellular particles. He pioneered freeze-drying methods to preserve cells and invented a micro-balance that could register less than a millionth of a gram.

Dr. Lowry's early paper on the measurement of protein became one of the most frequently cited studies in scientific literature. He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1957 and to the National Academy of Sciences in 1964. He retired a distinguished professor emeritus of molecular biology and phamacology. Source: New York Times, July 4, 1996.

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Lowry discusses the life and work of Helen Tredway Graham, a member of the department of pharmacology of the Washington University School of Medicine from 1925-1971. Lowry discusses their work together studying histamines. The audio quality of the interview is poor. Interviewed by Darryl Podoll on June 16, 1972. OH012. Approximate Length 7 minutes.

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  • English

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  • Latin

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