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pediatrician , Professor

Dr. Charles Alderson Janeway was an eminent American pediatrician, medical professor, and clinical researcher.


Yale University; Johns Hopkins University.


Janeway was physician in chief from 1946 to 1976 at Children's Hospital Boston. He also was Thomas Morgan Rotch Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. As a clinical researcher, he discovered the first immunodeficiency disease.

According to a 2007 biography by physicians Robert J. Haggerty and Frederick H. Lovejoy, Jr.: In 1964, Janeway worked with the provincial government in St John's, Newfoundland, Canada to establish a children's hospital. In recognition of his efforts and dedication, the hospital was named the Dr. Charles Alderson Janeway Child Health Centre. Its first location was in the former base hospital on Pepperrell Air Force Base which had closed several years earlier.

Janeway came from a family of prominent physicians. His father, Theodore Caldwell Janeway, was the first full-time professor of medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the identifier of Janeway lesions. He also discovered a means to measure blood pressure.

Janeway graduated from Milton Academy in Milton, Massachusetts. He also graduated from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. They had four children: Anne, Elizabeth, Charles, and Barbara.

His medical legacy continued to subsequent generations. Two granddaughters, Elizabeth Gold of Toronto and Katherine A. Janeway of Boston, are also pediatricians, representing the sixth generation of Janeway doctors. Charles A. Janeway died at his home in Weston, Massachusetts, in 1981.


  • Other Work

    • Contributor science articles to journals Editorial board Pediatrics, 1954-1960.


He graduated from Yale University in 1930, where he was a member of Skull and Bones.


Theodore C. Janeway

Eleanor C. (Alderson) Janeway

Elizabeth Bradley

Anne Alderson Janeway

Elizabeth (Mrs Janeway