History of Harvard Medical School


Y/M/D Description Place
1770/11/29 Ezekiel Hersey writes his will, gifting Harvard College 1,000 pounds sterling, with "the interest thereof to be by them appropriated toward the support of a professor of anatomy and physic" should such studies be undertaken at Harvard.
1782/09/19 The president and fellows of Harvard College adopt President Joseph Willard plans for a medical school with a handful of students and a faculty of three.
1783/00/00 The chair of the Theory and Practice of Physic is established at Harvard College in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
1783/00/00 First classes at the Harvard College Medical School are held in Harvard Hall. Student do not have academic requirement and there are no written exams. Students did not pay tuition but buy tickets to the professors' lectures. Harvard Hall, Harvard U, Cambridge, MA
1791/00/00 The chair of the Theory and Practice of Physic is endowed as the Hersey Professorship by the wills of Ezekiel Hersey, Sarah Derby, his widow, and Abner Hersey, his younger brother.
1850/00/00 Dean Oliver Wendell Holmes and his colleagues seriously considered admitting a forty-five-year-old woman to the Harvard Medical School. Harvard Medical School Quadrangle, Boston
1850/09/00 In the fall of 1850 the Harvard Medical School admits, at the request of the American Colonization Society, two young African American men who intend to practice in Liberia and a 38-year-old African American who plans to practice in this country. Harvard Medical School Quadrangle, Boston
1871/00/00 Dr James Clarke White establishes in the Harvard Medical School the first professorship of dermatology at any medical school in the United States. Harvard Medical School Quadrangle, Boston
1906/00/00 Harvard Medical School moves to Longwood Avenue. The campus was designed the Boston firm of Shepley, Rutan and Coolidge. Harvard Medical School Quadrangle, Boston

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