In 1887, Dr. Joseph James Kinyoun founded the Hygienic Laboratory, from which the National Institutes of Health (NIH) evolved. This Web portal explores the fascinating life story of Joe Kinyoun, the acknowledged Father of the NIH, and the crucible of social, scientific, and political forces during his time that were associated with the dawn of the microbial era in the United States.
E Âhrén. Taming Dreaded Diseases in the 1800s: Joseph Kinyoun, the Hygienic Laboratory, and the Origins of the NIH. The NIH Catalyst 20(6), November-December 2012.
DM Morens, VA Harden, JK Houts, Jr., and AS Fauci. The Indispensable Forgotten Man: Joseph James Kinyoun and the Founding of the National Institutes of Health (HTML) (PDF, 1.6MB)—August 2012
DM Morens and AS Fauci. The Forgotten Forefather: Joseph James Kinyoun and the Founding of the National Institutes of Health. mBio. DOI: 10.1128/mBio.00139-12 (2012)
Video: NIH Research Festival - Uneasy Death: Three Things that Haunt Me 93 Years After My Passing—October 9, 2012
NIH Podcast about Dr. Joseph Kinyoun and his role in NIH history—July 2012
Video: The Forgotten Indispensable Man - Joe Kinyoun and the Birth of the NIH—September 26, 2011
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Last Updated November 14, 2012
Last Reviewed February 21, 2012