Bronk, Detlev Wulf

Bronk, Detlev Wulf

(dĕt`ləf, brŏngk), 1897–1975, American biologist and administrator, b. New York City, grad. Swarthmore College (B.A., 1920), Ph.D. Univ. of Michigan, 1926. He was professor of medical physics at the Univ. of Pennsylvania from 1929 to 1949 and also director of the Institute of Neurology (1936–40, 1942–49). From 1949 to 1953 he was president of Johns Hopkins. In 1953 he became president of the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research (now Rockefeller Univ.), New York City. In his lectures, Bronk called for an understanding of science in terms of human values.

Bronk, Detlev Wulf

 

Born Aug. 13, 1897, in New York. American physiologist; member of the National Academy of Sciences, USA (1945), foreign member of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR (1958). Bronk graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1921 and was professor there from 1929 to 1949. He was president of Johns Hopkins University from 1949 to 1953, and in 1953 he became president of Rockefeller University. Bronk’s major work has been on the electrophysiology of the nervous system and on the mechanism of synaptic transmission of stimuli. Under his direction a number of biophysical methods were developed for the simultaneous investigation of tissue metabolism and electrical activity of the cerebral cortex as well as of sympathetic ganglia and other elements of the central nervous system.

WORKS

“The Physical Structure and Biological Action of Nerve Cells.” In Science in Progress. New Haven, Conn., 1945.
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