Brief Chronology

  • 1879 --Born in Appleton, Wisconsin (August 7)
  • 1902 --BA from Harvard University
  • 1906 --MD from Harvard University
  • 1906-08 --Internship at Massachusetts General Hospital
  • 1908-11 --Infirmary physician at University of California, Berkeley
  • 1910 --Became director of hygienic laboratory of California State Board of Health
  • 1911 --Married Margaret Henderson (October 14)
  • 1914 --Appointed lecturer in hygiene and preventive medicine at UC Medical School in San Francisco
  • 1915 --Became secretary and executive officer of California State Board of Health
  • 1917-18 --Served as major in U.S. Army Medical Corps (World War I); worked mainly on venereal disease prevention
  • 1919 --Became assistant regional director of Rockefeller Foundation's International Health Board (IHB) in the East
  • 1919-24 --Directed hookworm control campaign in Australia; served as advisor to new Australian Ministry of Health
  • 1924 --Became director of IHB Public Health Laboratory Service
  • 1926 --Became member of RF's West Africa Yellow Fever Commission
  • 1927 --Became associate director of RF International Health Division (IHD)
  • 1928 --Appointed director of IHD Yellow Fever Laboratory
  • 1931 --Developed first successful yellow fever vaccine; modified the mouse protection test for yellow fever, then developed program to use the test for mapping global distribution of yellow fever.
  • 1935 --Became director of International Health Division of the Rockefeller Foundation
  • 1937 --17D yellow fever virus developed in the IHD Yellow Fever Laboratory by Max Theiler, making large-scale vaccine production possible
  • 1941-44 --Supervised military and civilian teams working to control tropical diseases; organized and directed RF Health Commission and headed its typhus-control efforts in the Mediterranean
  • 1944 --Retired from IHD; joined United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration, and directed successful anti-malaria campaign in Sardinia
  • 1949 --Retired to Berkeley, California
  • 1951 --Died on November 12 in Berkeley