Who Was George Hoyt Whipple (1878 - 1976)?
George Hoyt Whipple: Nobel Laureate & URMC Founder
Dr. Whipple was a pathologist, biochemical researcher and medical school educator. He won the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1934 for his discovery that liver fed to anemic dogs reverses the effects of the anemia; this remarkable discovery led directly to successful liver treatment of pernicious anemia, which was invariably fatal. Dr. Whipple received his MD from the Johns Hopkins University in 1905 and became Dean of the University of California Medical School in 1920 and 1921. At the urging of University of Rochester President Rush Rhees, Dr. Whipple agreed, in 1921, to become the Founder and Dean of the Medical School. He served as the Dean until 1954 and remained as Professor of Pathology for the rest of his life. Many at the University remember him as a superb teacher. Dr. Whipple died in 1976 at the age of 97.