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date: 20 September 2020

Mall, Franklin Painelocked

(28 September 1862–17 November 1917)
  • Philip K. Wilson


Mall, Franklin Paine (28 September 1862–17 November 1917), embryologist and anatomist, was born near Belle Plaine, Iowa, the son of Franz Mall, a farmer, and Louise Christine Miller, both natives of Germany. Mall’s mother died when he was ten years old, and his father remarried a woman who was unaffectionate toward Franklin. As a consequence, Mall had a difficult, unhappy youth and could not find an outlet for his creative mind. Mall’s whole attitude was changed by his boarding school teacher, Jack McCarthy, who showed Mall that the source of his disdain for school was not the subjects themselves, but rather the method by which they were taught, which stressed memorization without comprehension. McCarthy’s strong influence on Mall was evident in Mall’s later attempts to reform university science teaching....

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