White, Paul Dudley
- Oglesby Paul
White, Paul Dudley (06 June 1886–31 October 1973), physician, was born in Roxbury, Massachusetts, the son of Herbert Warren White, a successful general practitioner, and Elizabeth Abigail Dudley. He graduated from the Roxbury Latin School in 1904 and that fall enrolled as a freshman at Harvard College. After an undistinguished start, his course work improved substantially in his junior year, and he went on to graduate in 1908 with honors. In 1907, after only three years of college, he commenced the study of medicine at the Harvard Medical School, excelled in his academic performance, and received an M.D. in 1911, ranking second in his class and again receiving honors. This was followed by an eighteen-month internship in pediatrics and internal medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, during the course of which he and physician Roger I. Lee collaborated in developing a method to measure the clotting time of blood (soon known as the Lee-White Coagulation Time), which was widely used for the next fifty years. At the suggestion of ...