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September 1, 1894


JAMA. 1894;XXIII(9):355. doi:10.1001/jama.1894.02421140029003

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In October, 1891, Thomas George Hodgkins, of New York, made a donation of $200,000 to the Smithsonian Institution, the income from a part of which was to be devoted to " the increase and diffusion of more exact knowledge in regard to the nature and properties of atmospheric air in connection with the welfare of man." The atmosphere in its hygienic relations, its influence upon the public health, and upon individual health, comfort and well being was Mr. Hodgkins' hobby; he believed that good air was of prime importance to good health and thence to good morals. The study became his life work, and before he died last year he had the satisfaction of approving the initiatory steps taken in administering the Hodgkins Fund by the Smithsonian Institution. These steps consisted in establishing a number of prizes, the most important of which is one of $10,000 for any new and important

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