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December 19, 1966


JAMA. 1966;198(12):1304-1306. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03110250118036

L.J. Henderson of Harvard University, endowed. with remarkable perception and profound wisdom, cultivated in depth biochemistry, general physiology, philosophy, history of science, and sociology, which led to fundamental contributions in each sphere of intellectual activity. He was born in Lynn, Mass, and entered Harvard College at the age of 16. There he displayed a capacity for mathematics, physics, and general chemistry, and at all times enjoyed freedom of thought and self-determination characteristic of students in Cambridge. The study of physical chemistry led Henderson to thinking about acids and bases in biological solutions, which resulted in an essay submitted for the Bowdoin Prize on Arrhenius' theory of electrolytic dissociation. The AB degree was granted magna cum laude in 1898; he then proceeded to Harvard Medical School, where he continued his studies in physiological chemistry, since the College offered no formal courses in the subject. He satisfied the requirements for the MD