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Louise Pearce papers, Rockefeller University Faculty (FA188)

Biographical/Historical Note

Louise Pearce, 1885-1959 physician and medical researcher was connected with The Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research from 1913 when she came as a fellow. She remained at the Institute and advanced to Associate Member from which position she retired in 1951. She was a key figure in developing the drug tryparsamide to control African sleeping sickness for which she received the King Leopold II prize of $10,000 and was made an officer of the Royal Order of the Lion. She worked closely with Dr. Wade Brown and their accomplishments included the discovery of the Brown-Pearce carcinoma a rabbit cancer and also the virus cause of rabbit pox. In 1935 she moved her laboratory to the Department of Plant and Animal Pathology at Princeton where after Dr. Brown's death she finished up the work he had started on constitution.

Additional biographical material about Louise Pearce is located in a folder in the Archives office bio file.

Biographical note

1885 Born March 5, Winchester, Massachusetts
1900-1903 Girls' Collegiate School, Los Angeles, Calif.
1907 A.B. Stanford University
1907-1909 Boston University
1912 M.D. The Johns Hopkins Medical School
1912-1913 Medical House Officer, The Johns Hopkins Hospital
1913-1914 Fellow, The Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research
1914-1915 Assistant, RIMR
1915-1923 Associate, RIMR
1920-1921 African sleeping sickness mission, Belgian Congo
1923-1935 Associate Member, RIMR
1931-1932 Visiting Professor of Medicine, Peiping Union Medical College, China
1935-1950 Associate Member RIMR Department Animal Pathology, Princeton
1951 Retired
1959 Died August 10, New York Hospital, New York City

Served on:

1921-1920 New York Infirmary for Women and Children (Trustee)
1925-1944 American Social Hygiene Association General Advisory Council
1931-1933 National Research Council
1940-1946 Princeton Hospital
1941- Women's Medical College, Philadelphia Member Board of Corporators (President 1946-1951)

Honorary degrees

1947 Sc. D. Wilson College
1948 Litt. D. Beaver College, Jenkintown, Pa.
1950 Sc. D. Bucknell University
1950 LL. D. Skidmore College
1952 D.M.S. Women's Medical College

Honors

1921 (?) Order of the Crown (Belgium)
1951 Elizabeth Blackwell Citation. New York Infirmary
1952 Women's Medical College Citation
1953 Leopold II Award
Officer of Royal Order of the Lion

Member of: American Medical Women's Association (Member of Executive Board), AAAS member, New York Academy of Medicine, Harvey Society, American Society for Experimental Pathology, American Association of University Women (1945-1951 Director), American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, American Association of Pathologists and Bacteriologists, Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine, American Association for Cancer Research, New York Society of Tropical Medicine, Johns Hopkins Surgical and Medical Association, American Society of Tropical Medicine, College of Physicians of Philadelphia, Pathology Society (Great Britain and Ireland), Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, British Society for Study of Venereal Disease (honorary), Société belge de médecine tropicale (corresponding) , Peiping Society of Natural History Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Xi, Alpha Omega Alpha, Order of the Crown (Belgium — honorary), Cosmopolitan Club

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