Hastings, A. Baird (Albert Baird), 1895-1987

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Dr. Hastings was Hamilton Kuhn Professor of Biological Chemistry at the Harvard Medical School from 1935-1958.

From the description of A. Baird Hastings [sound recording] : an oral history / interviewed by Peter D. Olch, Dec., 1967, Feb. and May, 1968. (National Library of Medicine). WorldCat record id: 14329107

A. Baird Hastings (1895-1987) was born on Dayton, KY, and raised in Indianapolis, IN. He graduated from the University of Michigan in 1971 with a degree in physical chemistry, and received a Ph.D. in physiology in 1921 from Columbia University. Hastings was an active researcher and teacher in the areas of blood acid-balance and its transport of oxygen and carbon dioxide, effects of ions and hormones on intermediary metabolism, and acid-base balances in carbohydrate metabolism. Hastings joined the U.S. Public Health Service in 1917 as an Assistant Sanitary Chemist working at Columbia University, studying the chemistry of fatigue for the military. He then joined the Rockefeller Institute in 1921, after receiving his Ph.D., as an assistant to Dr. Donald D. Van Slyke who had been directing his research at Columbia. From 1921-1926, he worked with Van Slyke on the physical chemistry of hemoglobin, acid-base balance, and gas-electrolyte equilibria in blood. He spent the years 1926-1935 as research professor of biochemistry at the University of Chicago. There he extended his research of the physicochemical structure of blood to tissues. It was also during this time that he developed his interests in acid-base metabolism. From 1935-1959, Hastings was Hamilton Kuhn Professor and head of the department of biological chemistry at Harvard Medical School. He retired from Harvard in 1959 in order to return to full time laboratory research at Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation in La Jolla, CA.

From the description of Albert Baird Hastings papers, 1858-1987 (bulk 1920-1987). (National Library of Medicine). WorldCat record id: 14325483

Hastings (Columbia University, Ph.D. 1921) was Hamilton Kuhn Professor of Biological Chemistry at Harvard Medical School from 1935 to 1958. In 1959 he joined the Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation at La Jolla, Calif. as a member of the resident research staff to continue his research in intermediary metabolism and in the application of biochemistry to the study of disease.

From the description of Papers, ca. 1927-1957 (inclusive). (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 281440705

A. Baird Hastings (1895-1987) was born on Dayton, KY, and raised in Indianapolis, IN. He graduated from the University of Michigan in 1971 with a degree in physical chemistry, and received a Ph.D. in physiology in 1921 from Columbia University. Often referred to as the "physician's chemist," Hastings was an active researcher and teacher in the areas of blood acid-balance and its transport of oxygen and carbon dioxide, effects of ions and hormones on intermediary metabolism, and acid-base balances in carbohydrate metabolism.

Hastings joined the U.S. Public Health Service in 1917 as an Assistant Sanitary Chemist working at Columbia University, studying the chemistry of fatigue for the military. He then joined the Rockefeller Institute in 1921, after receiving his Ph.D., as an assistant to Dr. Donald D. Van Slyke who had been directing his research at Columbia. From 1921-1926, he worked with Van Slyke on the physical chemistry of hemoglobin, acid-base balance, and gas-electrolyte equilibria in blood. He spent the years 1926-1935 as research professor of biochemistry at the University of Chicago. There he extended his research of the physicochemical structure of blood to tissues. It was also during this time that he developed his interests in acid-base metabolism. From 1935-1959, Hastings was Hamilton Kuhn Professor and head of the department of biological chemistry at Harvard Medical School. He retired from Harvard in 1959 in order to return to full time laboratory research at Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation in La Jolla, CA.

Hastings served on several advisory committees throughout his career including: several at the National Institutes of Health; the Committee on Medical Research, Office of Scientific Research and Development (1941-1946); the Atomic Energy Commission (1947-1957); the National Academy of Sciences; the Nutrition Foundation. He also served on the 1971 White House Conference on Aging. He received honorary degrees from the University of Michigan and from Harvard, Oxford, Boston, St. Louis and Columbia universities. His awards include the President's Medal for Merit (1948), Banting Medal of the American Diabetes Association (1962) and a USPHS citation for service for his lifetime contributions (1917-1964).

From the guide to the Albert Baird Hastings Papers, 1858-1987 (bulk 1920-1987), (History of Medicine Division. National Library of Medicine)

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creatorOf [A. Baird Hastings, biographical materials] University of Wisconsin - Madison, General Library System
referencedIn William Mansfield Clark Papers, 1903-1964 American Philosophical Society
referencedIn Charles Stacy French papers, 1935-1989 Cecil H. Green Library. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Haurowitz, Felix, 1896-1987. Mss., 1920-1985 Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
creatorOf Clark, W. Mansfield (William Mansfield), 1884-1964. Papers, 1903-1964. American Philosophical Society Library
creatorOf Hastings, A. Baird (Albert Baird), 1895-1987. Papers, ca. 1927-1957 (inclusive). Harvard University, Medical School, Countway Library
referencedIn Van Slyke, Donald D. (Donald Dexter), 1883-1971. Donald Dexter Van Slyke [sound recording] : an oral history / interviewed by Peter D. Olch, May 27-28, 1969. National Library of Medicine
creatorOf Albert Baird Hastings Papers, 1858-1987 (bulk 1920-1987) History of Medicine Division. National Library of Medicine
creatorOf Hastings, A. Baird (Albert Baird), 1895-1987. A. Baird Hastings [sound recording] : an oral history / interviewed by Peter D. Olch, Dec., 1967, Feb. and May, 1968. National Library of Medicine
referencedIn Scripps Research Institute. Office of Public Affairs. Records, 1919-1992. University of California, San Diego, UC San Diego Library; UCSD Library
referencedIn Freund, Paul A. Paul A. Freund papers. 1918-1993. Harvard Law School Library, Harvard University.
referencedIn French, Charles Stacy, 1907-. Charles Stacy French papers, 1935-1989. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
creatorOf Hastings, A. Baird (Albert Baird), 1895-1987. Albert Baird Hastings papers, 1858-1987 (bulk 1920-1987). National Library of Medicine
referencedIn William B. Provine collection of evolutionary biology reprints, 20th century. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.
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associatedWith American Society of Biological Chemists. corporateBody
associatedWith Clark, W. Mansfield (William Mansfield), 1884-1964. person
associatedWith Columbia University. corporateBody
associatedWith Conant, James Bryant, 1893- person
associatedWith French, Charles Stacy, 1907- person
associatedWith Harvard Medical School. corporateBody
associatedWith Harvard University. Biophysical Laboratory. corporateBody
associatedWith Harvard University. Dept. of Biological Chemistry. corporateBody
correspondedWith Haurowitz, Felix, 1896-1987 person
associatedWith McLean, Franklin Chambers, 1888- person
associatedWith National Academy of Sciences (U.S.) corporateBody
associatedWith Olch, Peter D. (Peter Dean), 1930- person
associatedWith Paul A. Freund person
correspondedWith Provine, William B. person
associatedWith Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research. corporateBody
associatedWith Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation. corporateBody
associatedWith Scripps Research Institute. Office of Public Affairs. corporateBody
associatedWith University of California, San Diego. corporateBody
associatedWith University of Chicago. corporateBody
associatedWith Van Slyke, Donald D. (Donald Dexter), 1883-1971. person
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Acid-base equilibrium
Nuclear physics
Metabolism
Blood Physiological Phenomena
Electrolytes
Blood Physiology
Education, Medical--Interview
Biochemistry--Research
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