William Michael Late Coplin
Born: 1 November 1864, Clarksburg, West Virginia
Died: 1928, Atlantic City, New Jersey
- Undergrad: Mount Union College, Ohio and Thomas Jefferson University, 1883
- MD: Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1886 (Started working as a senior with pathology specimens from the practice of The Professor of Surgery, Samuel W. Gross)
- 1886 - 1887 Assistant Demonstrator of Pathologic Anatomy, Jefferson Medical College
- 1887 - 1892 Assistant Pathologist, Jefferson Medical College
- 1892 - 1894 Demonstrator of Pathology, Jefferson Medical College; Curator of the Pathology Museum; Pathologist to the Philadelphia (General) Hospital
- 1894 - 1895 Temporary Professor of Pathology, Jefferson Medical College
- 1895 - 1896 Professor of Pathology, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee
- 1896 - 1922 Professor of Pathology and Bacteriology, Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Selected Career Highlights
First full-time pathologist at Jefferson.
Published Textbook of Practical Hygiene (1893), Lectures in Pathology (1894-5) and Manual of Pathology (five editions).
Special interest over the years was the Pathology Museum.
Invented a grooved glass jar (the Coplin Jar) which allowed slides to stand separated in a staining solution.
His career parallels the early growth of clinical laboratories in the United States. With the advance of microscopy and bacteriology and its application to clinical problems in the hospital, a need for hospital-based labs was generated. Dr. Coplin led that effort in Philadelphia.
Appointed as bacteriologist to the Pennsylvania State Board of Health and Director of the City of Philadelphia Department of Public Health and Charities: organized the Municipal Hospital for Contagious Diseases.