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date: 21 August 2019

Russell, Harry Lumanlocked

(12 March 1866–11 April 1954)
  • Edward H. Beardsley


Russell, Harry Luman (12 March 1866–11 April 1954), bacteriologist and university administrator, was born in Poynette, Wisconsin, the son of E. Fred Russell, a physician, and Lucinda Estella Waldron. In many ways the career of Harry L. Russell recapitulated the history of science in modern America. In 1890, as a young University of Wisconsin graduate in biology, he followed the path of many hundreds of other budding professionals in seeking advanced training in Europe. His field, the “hot” new science of bacteriology, led him to the laboratories of the masters, Robert Koch and Louis Pasteur, and afterward to the Zoological Station in Naples. There, following Koch’s early lead, he did researches aimed at raising bacteriology to the status of a fully developed independent discipline. To his mind the new field deserved to be more than just an adjunct of medicine, and the remainder of his research career would be dedicated to that pursuit....

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