|Size:||19.5 linear feet 13 record storage boxes|
|Abstract:||Professor (1939-1984) and chair (1949-1969) of the Department of Biochemistry at Duke University. Contains correspondence, notices, committee files, calendars, agendas, reports, writings, clippings, programs, speeches, text of speeches, tributes, biographical materials, and photographs. Major correspondents include Wilburt Cornell Davison, and Barnes Woodhall. Also contains some correspondence between William A. Perlzweig and other medical professionals. Major subjects include Duke University's Research Training Program, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories, medical education, National Academy of Sciences, Lederle Laboratories, and Oak Ridge Laboratories.|
|Creator:||Handler, Philip, 1917-1981|
|Repository||Duke University Medical Center Archives|
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- Duke University--Faculty.
- Duke University. Dept. of Biochemistry.
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- Duke University. School of Medicine.
- Perlzweig, William Alexander, b. 1891
- Education, Medical
Philip Handler was born in New York, N.Y. in 1917. He received degrees from the College City of New York (B.S., 1936); and University of Illinois (Ph.D., 1939). Dr. Handler joined Duke University as an instructor of biochemistry in 1939. He held many positions at Duke University: instructor (1939-1940), associate professor (1940-1941), assistant professor of physiology (1941-1944), associate professor of biochemistry and nutrition (1944-1949), professor of biochemistry (1949-1969). He also served as chair of the Department of Biochemistry from 1950-1969 and was named a James B. Duke Professor of Biochemistry in 1961.
In 1964 Dr. Handler was elected to membership in the National Academy of Sciences. Five years later, he was selected to be the society's eighteenth president. He served two consecutive six-year terms from 1969 to 1981.
As a biochemist, Dr. Handler published more than 200 papers in important professional journals and was the coauthor of the widely used textbook Principles of Biochemistry. One of his first major research efforts was on the underlying problems that cause pellagra. He also made other contributions to understanding the mechanisms by which enzyme proteins carry out their catalytic functions in metabolism. Handler was also on the editorial board of periodicals including Geriatrics, Journal Theoretical Biology, Journal Biological Chemistry, and Journal of Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology.
Dr. Handler was the recipient of numerous awards and twenty-eight honorary doctorate degrees. Among many honors, he was the Annual Orator of the Harvey Cushing Society and of the Welch Foundation, Sigma Xi National Lecturer, and delivered memorial lectures at many scientific institutions in the United States and abroad. He served on the boards and visiting committees of more than a dozen scientific institutions and was decorated by the governments of Austria, Belgium, and Poland. Handler also served as a consultant to the United States Veteran's Administration, Mead Johnson and Company, Squibb, Inc., and Continental Baking Company.
Dr. Handler's major activities in science and public policy began in 1951, when he accepted the first in a series of government advisory appointments. He served for twelve years on the National Science Board and was member of the President's Science Advisory Committee under two presidents. In 1981, he was awarded the National Medal of Science. A citation signed by President Reagan honored him "...for his outstanding contribution to biochemical research, resulting in significant contributions to mankind, including research that led to a clearer understanding of pellagra, and for his national leadership in furthering the state of American science."
Dr. Handler married Lucille P. Marcus in 1939. Together they had two children. Dr. Handler died on December 29, 1981.
Scope and Content
Organized into the following series: Professional Correspondence, 1933-1982; Biographical Materials and Memoirs, 1961-1982.Back to Top
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Professional Correspondence, 1933-1982
Contains professional correspondence between Handler and colleagues at National Academy of Sciences, Lederle Laboratories, various foundations, and universities. Duke University correspondence includes materials pertaining to the Dept. of Biochemistry, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories, Oak Ridge Laboratories and local disaster response planning, chair search committees, and the Research Training Program. Major correspondents include Wilburt Cornell Davison and Barnes Woodhall. Also contains some correspondence between William A. Perlzweig, (chair of the Dept. of Biochemistry from 1930 to 1949) and colleagues dated from 1934 to 1955.
Biographical Materials and Memoirs, 1961-1982
Contains correspondence between Eric Handler and Robert Hill regarding the Handler estate and rights to works; clippings; special notices; programs; speeches; tributes; and remarks made about Dr. Handler following his death. The photograph of Philip Handler is oversized and undated.