George Hoyt Whipple was born in the Whipple House in Ashland in 1878 and spent his boyhood here. He attended Tilton School, Phillips Andover Academy, Yale University, and the John Hopkins Medical School, where he received his M.D. degree in 1905. With the exception of one year as a pathologist for the Panama Canal Project, Dr. Whipple worked in the Department of Pathology at the John Hopkins University, becoming a professor in 1909. In 1914 he became Director of the Hooper Foundation for Medical Research in San Francisco, one of America's earliest medical research institutes, and Professor of Research Medicine at the University of California at Berkeley. In 1920, Dr. Whipple was appointed dean of the University's medical school.
In 1921, Dr. Whipple was invited to the University of Rochester in New York, to organize, build and staff a new medical school and teaching hospital. He served as its dean until 1953. Dr. Whipple had a distinguished career as a pathologist, medical educator, and researcher. He shared the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1934 with Drs. George F. Minot and William P. Murphy for discoveries leading to a cure for pernicious anemia, a disease which killed over 6,000 persons annually at the time in the United States. Dr. Whipple lived a long active life and died in Rochester at the age of 97 in 1976.
George Hoyt Whipple
Nobel Prize Winner