William H. Feldman

William H. Feldman


Born: 30 November, 1892, Glasgow, Scotland

Died: 15 January, 1974, Rochester, Minnesota

Academic Degrees

  • DVM: Colorado Agricultural College, 1917
  • MS: Colorado Agricultural College (now Colorado State University), 1926

Academic Positions

  • 1917 - 1927 Instructor in Bacteriology and Pathology, Colorado State University
  • 1927 - 1944 Instructor of Comparative Pathology, Institute of Experimental Medicine, Mayo Foundation
  • 1944 - 1957 Professor, Mayo Foundation Graduate School, University of Minnesota
  • 1957 - 1967 Chief of Laboratory Services, Department of Surgery and Medicine, Veterans Administration, Washington, D.C.

Selected Career Highlights

  • A world's expert in Veterinary Pathology and the Chemotherapy of Experimental Tuberculosis, the latter for which he was ranked with "Ehrlich, Domagk, Florey and Fleming, and Waksman" (The Lancet, 2/9/1974). Authored many works on the modern chemotherapy of TB and antibiotics such as streptomycin.

  • Published two monographs: Neoplasms of Domestic Animals (1932), the first of its kind, and also Avian Tuberculosis Infections (1938).

  • Published about 300 papers, many of them bearing names of co-authors whom he had enlisted for aid in chemistry and hematology or for discussions of a clinical nature.

  • An expert on antileprosy agents, especially the sulfones, and on the Advisory Board of the Leonard Wood Memorial Foundation.

  • Executive Secretary of the Conference of Research Workers in Animal Diseases (14 yrs).

  • In 1949 was one of the founders and Charter President of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists and President of the American Association of Pathologists and Bacteriologists.

  • In 1944 received (with Drs. F. Mann and H. Corwin Hinshaw) the American Medical Association's Gold Medal Award for their scientific exhibit of original work in their field.

  • Had a placard stuck to the wall of his office with a hypodermic needle reading: "It matters not who is right but what is right."

  • Loved photography and personally made all photographic illustrations for his publications. In 1972 the National Library of Medicine honored him by displaying his portraits of pathologists in the U.S. National Library of Medicine. In 1973 his exhibit of portraits of deceased members of the Mayo Clinic Staff and 14 Nobel Laureates was displayed in the medical library of Mayo Clinic.


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