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Suk Ki Hong papers

 Collection — Box: 1-5
Identifier: 19-F-1137

Scope and Contents

Contains files on professional activities, correspondence, research, and references used by Suk Ki Hong, physiologist. Includes reprints and manuscripts, correspondence with many Korean physiologists (many files include curriculum vita and papers), research papers and proposals, and references. Hong's research papers focus on ama (women divers of Korea and Japan) and kidney metabolism. Some reference material on ama originally belonged to Hermann Rahn.


  • 1953-1997


Language of Materials

Collection material in English, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean.

Terms of Access

The Suk Ki Hong papers, 1953-1997, are open for research.


Copyright is held by the State University of New York at Buffalo, University Archives. Copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns. Researchers must obtain the written permission of the holder(s) of copyright and the University Archives before publishing quotations from materials in the collection. Most papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures unless otherwise specified.

Biographical Note

Suk Ki Hong was born in South Korea on 16 October 1928. He received his medical degree from Yonsei University (then Severance Union Medical College) and his doctorate in physiology from the University of Rochester.

A visiting instructor at the University at Buffalo (UB) from 1956-1959, Hong then spent nine years at Yonsei University, the last two as chair of the physiology department. He joined the University of Hawaii physiology faculty in 1969, was named chair in 1971, and served in that capacity until coming to UB as professor of physiology in 1975. He was named State University of New York Distinguished Professor in 1995.

Hong spend much of his research career studying the body's response to deep-water diving, particularly of ama, and had a lengthy publication record in the field. He also served on the editorial board for Undersea Biomedical Research.

Hong was United States coordinator for Unites States-Japan Cooperative Research on Diving from 1975-1987 and chaired the organizing committee for the International Symposium on "Man in the Sea" sponsored by the University of Hawaii in 1975.

In addition to his teaching and research activities, Hong was director of graduate studies in physiology from 1984-1994 and prior to that directed UB's Graduate Group in Experimental Nephrology.

He Received several awards during his lifetime, including the Stockton Kimball Award from the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences for excellence in research, education, and service.

Suk Ki Hong retired from teaching in 1997 and died after a long illness on 4 October 1999.

--Adapted from Hong's obituary in the UB Reporter, 7 October 1999.


6.875 Linear Feet (5 cartons)


Contains files on professional activities, correspondence, research, and references used by Suk Ki Hong, physiologist. Correspondents include many Korean physiologists. His research files focus on ama (women divers of Korea and Japan) and kidney metabolism.


Original order and folder titles retained as much as possible throughout.
This collection is arranged in four series: I. Professional activities; II. Correspondence; III. Research; IV. References.

Acquisition Information

No acquisition information is available.

Accruals and Additions

No further accruals are expected to this collection.

Related Resources

19/F/967, Leon E. Farhi papers, 1964-2003
19/F/1134, Hermann Rahn papers, 1855, 1928-1990
19/F/1135, Donald W. Rennie papers, 1918, 1942-1979
19/F/1138, Department of Physiology records, 1955-1979, undated
19/F/1139, Department of Physiology and Biophysics records, 1940-1998
For additional Rahn material, see 19/F/1134, Hermann Rahn papers, 1855, 1928-1990.

Processing Information

Processed by Nathan Tallman, September 2009.
Finding aid encoded by Danielle White, January 2015.


Finding Aid for the Suk Ki Hong papers
Finding aid prepared by Nathan Tallman.
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Repository Details

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