Black, G. V. (Greene Vardiman), 1836-1915

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Dr. Greene Vardiman Black (1836-1915), the acknowledged father of modern dentistry, was born in Winchester, Illinois. His work and contributions to dentistry were all based in Illinois. His career included dental practices in Winchester and Jacksonville, Illinois. Dr. Black taught at several dental schools in the area, and served as the second dean of the Northwestern University Dental School, which became know as the largest and most outstanding institution of its kind under his administration.

Dr. Black contributed to the advancement of dental science by standardizing operative procedures and providing uniformity in the manufacture of amalgam, cavity preparation and dental terminology. His development of dental amalgams, over 150 years ago, set the standards for formulae, clinical use and techniques. He provided the first dental identification and categorization of dental procedures to restore diseased or injured teeth. Among his dental inventions were the foot-powered drill engine and the gnathodynamometer for measuring bite force.

From the guide to the G.V. Black Digitized Collection of Manuscripts, Correspondence and Photographs in the Galter Health Sciences Library, Northwestern University, 1867-1915, (Galter Health Sciences Library. Special Collections)

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creatorOf G.V. Black Digitized Collection of Manuscripts, Correspondence and Photographs in the Galter Health Sciences Library, Northwestern University, 1867-1915 Galter Health Sciences Library. Special Collections
creatorOf Black, G. V. (Greene Vardiman), 1836-1915. New Orleans / G. V. Black. Northwestern University, Medical Library
creatorOf Black, G. V. (Greene Vardiman), 1836-1915. Lee County Texas fossil wood / by G.V. Black. Northwestern University, Medical Library
referencedIn G.V. Black as an administrator [picture]. Northwestern University, Medical Library
referencedIn G.V. Black and colleagues [picture]. Northwestern University, Medical Library
referencedIn G.V. Black as an outdoorsman [picture]. Northwestern University, Medical Library
referencedIn World's Columbian Dental Congress of 1893 held in Chicago, Illinois [picture] : group photograph of the participants. Northwestern University, Medical Library
creatorOf Coughenower family. Correspondence, 1860-1862. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
referencedIn Black, Carl E. (Carl Ellsworth), 1862-. Papers, 1880-1941. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
creatorOf Black, G. V. (Greene Vardiman), 1836-1915. The G.V. Black collection of manuscripts and photographs in the Galter Health Sciences Library, Northwestern University, Chicago, Ill. Northwestern University, Medical Library
referencedIn Black, Carl E. (Carl Ellsworth), 1862-. Greek diary pictures 1918-1919. Illinois College, Schewe Library
referencedIn G.V. Black and other instructors in the Great Dental Clinic [picture]. Northwestern University, Medical Library
referencedIn G.V. Black as a scientist [picture]. Northwestern University, Medical Library
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associatedWith Black, Arthur Davenport, 1870-1937 person
associatedWith Black, Carl E. (Carl Ellsworth), 1862- person
associatedWith Club (Jacksonville, Ill.) corporateBody
associatedWith Coughenower family. family
associatedWith Cushing, George H. person
associatedWith Filson, W. N. person
associatedWith Gilmer, Thomas person
correspondedWith G. V. Black person
associatedWith Hibbard Frederck Cleveland, 1881- person
associatedWith Humm, H. person
associatedWith Institute of Dental Pedagogics (U.S.) corporateBody
associatedWith Johnson, Charles Nelson, 1860-1915 person
associatedWith Jordan, Wilhelm, 1819-1904 person
associatedWith Literary Union (Jacksonville, Ill.) corporateBody
correspondedWith M. C. Gottschaldt person
associatedWith McKay, Frederick S. person
associatedWith Microscopical Society (Jacksonville, Ill.) corporateBody
associatedWith Morgan County Medical Society (Ill.) corporateBody
associatedWith Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.). Dental School corporateBody
associatedWith Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.). Great Dental Clinic corporateBody
associatedWith Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.). Health Sciences Library. corporateBody
associatedWith Noyes, Frederick Bogue, 1872- person
associatedWith Patterson, William, d. 1883 person
associatedWith Round Table (Jacksonville, Ill.) corporateBody
associatedWith Schiller, Friedrich, 1759-1805 person
associatedWith Sorosis (Jacksonville, Ill.) corporateBody
associatedWith World Dental Congress (1893 : Chicago, Ill.) corporateBody
associatedWith World's Columbian Dental Congress (1893 : Chicago, Ill.) corporateBody
associatedWith World's Columbian Dental Congress (1893 : Chicago, Ill.). Committee on Nomenclature corporateBody
associatedWith World's Columbian Exposition (1893 : Chicago, Ill.) corporateBody
associatedWith Young Men's Christian Association (Jacksonville, Ill.) corporateBody
Place Name Admin Code Country
Jacksonville (Ill.)
Lee County (Tex.)
Colorado
New Orleans (La.)
Subject
Fossils
Chemistry
Dentistry
Biochemistry
Tooth Abnormalities
Zoology
Wood
Fluorosis, Dental--epidemiology
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Birth 1836-08-03

Death 1915

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