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Dickinson W. Richards Ph.D.

Dickinson W. Richards Ph.D.

The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1956
Co-Nobilists André F. Cournand, Werner Forssmann

Physician, gentle clinician, cardiovascular physiologist. "Discoveries concerning heart catheterization, pathological changes in circulatory system." Diagnosing congenital heart diseases; chronic cardiac, pulmonary diseases; traumatic shock.

"Man's potentiality, or these days his survival, will depend on his conscience, more specifically, ability of leaders and followers to change character, into more merciful beings."


A Biographical Memoir by Andre Courand, Collaborator and Co-Nobelist. National Academy of Sciences - Biography 18 pages, 31 pages total.

Honoring mentor

In 1966, Dickinson honored his 1st mentor of physiology, Professor Ernest L. Scott. Dickinson brought to light the data collected by Scott in 1911 and which the latter had used for his own thesis. 50 yrs. had passed. Scott had prepared an extract of the pancreas. The extract had a favorable effect on dogs from which the pancreas had been removed.

Note: Scott developed the Standard Blood Test for Diabetes.

"A man's mind and his actions are chiefly molded by a very few. For me, in the early years, these were Lawrence J. Henderson and Henry Hallet Dale."

Note: Lawrence J. Henderson is known for Henderson-Hasselbalch equation.

Henry Hallet Dale is 1936 Physiology or Medicine Nobelist.

Photo: U.S. National Library of Medicine

Name: Richards, Dickinson Woodruff Jr.
Birth: 30 October 1895, Orange, NJ, USA
Death: 23 February 1973, Lakeville, CT, USA
Institution: Columbia University, New York, NY, USA
Award: "for their discoveries concerning heart catheterization and pathological changes in the circulatory system"
Subject: cardiovascular physiology
Portion of Cash: 1/3
M.S. Psychology at end of 3rd year of medical school. Mentor: Professor Ernest L. Scott, College of Physicians and Surgeons, 1922. Later mentors: Lawrence J. Henderson and Henry Hallet Dale, Medicine Nobilist 1936.