Department of Physiology and Biophysics records
Contains application packages, correspondence, curriculum vita of faculty members, lists of degrees awarded, and dissertation acceptance forms of the Department of Physiology and Biophysics at the State University of New York at Buffalo. Also includes manuscripts [assumed to be] for Handbook of Physiology, Section 4: Environmental Physiology, edited by M. J. Fregly and C. M. Blatteis. Also known as the Handbook on Adaptation to the Environment.
The collection includes 10 3.5-inch floppy disk that contain electronic manuscripts and correspondence. The electronic files are in mixed proprietary formats that could not properly be opened. Most files were accessible as plain text files, but contain random characters and loss of original formatting. Archivist has printed out these files for folders titled "Contents from disk...". Disk 7 (Handbook - Bennett, HPNS) is completely inaccessible and all files on disk 6 (Backup Bookkeeping, Program Project) were illegible when opened (corea.j, coreb.j, duffey.r01, goldinge.r01, krasney.r01, proj1b.j, proj2.j, and proj4.j.)
- circa 1989-1998
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.63 Linear Feet (1 manuscript box, 1 manuscript half-box)
The School of Medicine has held classes in physiology since its inception in 1846; physiology was standard content in instruction of medicine. The first Professor of Physiology (and Medical Jurisprudence) was Charles Brodhead Coventry. The department went through successive chairs who were distinguished scientists in the field.
In 1956, Hermann Rahn was named chairman. Due to a decrease in faculty members, Rahn recruited several new faculty who brought new energy to the department. Over the succeeding years faculty members traveled on thirty field expeditions and built the Laboratory of Environmental Physiology. The Laboratory was unusually for a university and houses a human centrifuge and hyperbaric chamber.
The department continues to be a world leader in physiological research and teaches not only its constituent graduate students, but graduates students in dentistry, pharmacy, physical education, physical and occupation therapy, nursing, and students from all basic science departments.
The Department of Physiology became the Department of Physiology and Biophysics sometime in the late twentieth-century.
For more information on the history of the Department, see Hermann Rahn's Brief History of Department of Physiology at State University of New York at Buffalo, 1846-1986, published in 1986 in The Physiologist 29:5, supplemental.
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- University Archives (Repository, Organization)
- Finding Aid for the Department of Physiology and Biophysics records
- Finding aid prepared by Nathan Tallman.
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