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Henry Knowles Beecher

physician , educator.

Henry Knowles Beecher, American physician, educator. Decorated Legion of Merit, Chevalier de la Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur’Honneur (France); Knight Royal Order Dannebrog (Denmark); recipient Warren Triennial prize Massachusetts General Hospital, 1931, 1937, plaque by Forum of Anesthetists, 1939. Diplomate American Board Anesthesiology.


Beecher, Henry Knowles was born on February 4, 1904 in Wichita, Kansas, United States. Son of Mary Julia (Kerley) Beecher.


Bachelor of Arts, Univercity Kansas, 1926, A.M., 1927. Doctor of Medicine Harvard, 1932. M.D. (honorary) U. Lund, Sweden, 1961.


Intern, Massachusetts General Hospital, 1932-1934, assistant resident in surgery, 1936, director department anesthesia, from 1936. Research (as Moseley Traveling fellow Harvard) laboratory of Professor August Krogh, Copenhagen, 1935. Henry Isaiah Dorr professor research in anesthesia Harvard, 1941-1976.

Hodgen lecturer, St. Louis, 1940, Calhoun lecturer, Atlanta, 1948, Kellogg lecturer, Washington, 1948, Lowell lecturer, Boston, 1948, Judd lecturer, Minneapolis, 1950. Exchange lecturer on anesthesia National U., Colombia, 1941. Holme lecturer, London, 1954, Macarthur lecturer, Edinburgh, 1954, Eastman Memorial lecturer, Rochester, 1954, State lecturer, Turin, Italy, 1954.

Alpha Omega Alpha lecturer, Louisville, 1955. Lecturer Oxford, Hartman Memorial Switzerland, Royal Academy Medicine, Ireland, Gross Memorial, Canada, Academy Science, Leningrad, others, 1956.


  • Author: Resuscitation and Anesthesia for Wounded Men, 1949. Experimentation in Man, 1959. Measurements of Subjective Responses: Quantitative Effects of Drugs, 1959.

    Disease and the Advancement of Basic Science (editor H. K. Beecher), 1959. Also articles. Editor: Physiological Effects of Wounds, 1951.


Member of committee on Shock National Research Council, 1940. Served as major Army of the United States, 1943. Member pharmaceology training committee National Institutes of Health, 1958-1961.

Fellow Royal College Surgeons, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Institute Society, Ethics and Life Sciences (honorary). Member International Society for Research in Anesthesia and Analgesia, American Medical Association (member therapeutic trials committee, 1949-1950, council on pharmacy and chemistry 1949, commission on medical research 1950-1976), American Society Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, Society Clinical Investigation, American Society Anesthesiology, Massachusetts Medical Society, New York Academy Science (life. Member), Royal Society Medicine London, honorary, Argentina Society for Thoracic Surgery (honorary.

Member), American Academy Arts and Sciences, Association Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland (correspondent fellow), Sociedad Nacional de Anestesiologic (foreign correspondent. Member), Swedish Society Anesthesiologists (honorary), Association University Anesthetists, American Surgical Association, Sigma Xi, Alpha Omega Alpha.


Children: Jonathan French, Harriet, Mary Knowles.

Mary Julia (Kerley) Beecher. Beecher

Jonathan French Beecher

Harriet Beecher

Mary Knowles Beecher