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William J. Darby Papers


Contains selected documents from the William J. Darby Papers housed at the Annette and Irwin Eskind Family Biomedical Library and Learning Center, Vanderbilt University.

William J. Darby (1913-2001) obtained his MD then his Ph.D. degree in Biological Chemistry before becoming a Special Fellow in Nutrition of the International Health Division of the Rockefeller Foundation at Vanderbilt in 1942. After an interlude at Duke, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the State Board of Health as Director of Nutrition, Darby returned to Vanderbilt in 1944 as Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Medicine. Dr. Darby became Chair of the Department of Biochemistry in 1949 and served in this position until 1971. During his tenure at Vanderbilt, Dr. Darby helped to establish the first separate identifiable nutrition unit in an American medical school. In 1972 William Darby was elected a member of the National Academy of Science and became President of the Nutrition Foundation.

Dates: Bulk 1944 - 2000

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