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Special Article
May 1, 2005

The Knapps

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha.

Arch Ophthalmol. 2005;123(5):676-680. doi:10.1001/archopht.123.5.676

The Knapp family is unique in the annals of US ophthalmology in that members of 3 generations achieved national and international prominence and recognition. Herman Jacob Knapp came to the United States in 1868 and became one of America’s most famous and respected ophthalmologists. He founded the Archives of Ophthalmology and the New York Ophthalmic and Aural Institute, New York, and was instrumental in establishing the first specialty section of the American Medical Association. He taught many of the future leaders in US ophthalmology. Arnold Herman Knapp followed his father as editor of the Archives of Ophthalmology; was professor of ophthalmology at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, NY; and was recognized as one of the foremost ophthalmologists of the first half of the 20th century. Philip Knapp, the third generation and the only US-trained member of the family, was a clinical professor of ophthalmology at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He lectured nationally and internationally, and was widely recognized for his contributions in the field of ocular motility.

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