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educator , pharmacologist

Klaus Robert Walter Unna, German pharmacologist, educator. Research on nutrition, muscle relaxants, cardiovascular drugs, neuropharmacology, clinical pharmacology.


Unna, Klaus Robert Walter was born on July 30, 1908 in Hamburg, Germany. Came to the United States, 1937, naturalized, 1944. Son of Karl and Marie (Boehm) University.


Doctor of Medicine, University Freiburg, Germany, 1930.


Intern, universities hospitals, Berlin, Hamburg, Cologne, 1931; faculty, U. Vienna, 1933; assistant phramacologist, Merck Institute Therapeutic Research, 1937-1944; instructor pharmacology, University of Pennsylvania, 1944-1945; assistant.prof., University of Illinois-Chicago, 1945-1948; associate professor, University of Illinois-Chicago, 1948-1951; professor, then professor emeritus, University of Illinois-Chicago, from 1951; head department pharmacology, University of Illinois-Chicago, 1955-1974. Executive secretary International Brain Research Organisation of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. Mem.Com. on DrugAbuse Department Justice, Research Council on Brain Sciences National Academy Sciences.

Consultant United States Public Health Service, National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Mental Health.


  • Research on nutrition, muscle relaxants, cardiovascular drugs, neuropharmacology, clinical pharmacology.


  • Other Work

    • Editorial board Journal Pharmacology and and Experimental Therapeutics, 1953-1957. Co-editor Experimental Brain Research, 1967. Contributor various science journals and publications.


Member American Physiological Society, American Society Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Institute Nutrition, Society Experimental Biology and Medicine (associate editor proceedings 1959), Society for Neurosci., German Pharmacological Society (honorary), Viennese Academy of Sciences, Sigma Xi.


Married Maya Stromberg-Grossmann, May 25, 1939. 1 child, Jan Erik.

Karl University

Marie (Boehm) University

Maya Stromberg-Grossmann

Jan Erik Unna