Biography and History

From 1914 to 1951, Kendall conducted research in the biochemical section of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, as well as taught (1921-1951) physiological chemistry at the Mayo Foundation and the University of Minnesota. His research into the hormones of the adrenal cortex led to his ability to synthesize cortisone, for which he was awarded a Nobel Prize in 1950 with fellow researchers P. Hench and Tadeusz Reichstein. Upon his retirement in 1951, Kendall became a visiting professor in the Department of Biochemistry at Princeton University, and he did research at Merck & Co. in Rahway, New Jersey.

Source: From the finding aid for C0669


  • Biochemists -- United States -- 20th century..
  • Endocrinologists -- United States -- 20th century..
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  • Edward Kendall Papers. 1935-1970 (inclusive).

    Call Number: C0669

    Visiting Professor in the Department of Biochemistry at Princeton and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Edward Kendall conducted biochemical research and is best known for his work on the hormones of the cortex of the adrenal glands. His collection includes typescripts of scientific articles, laboratory notebooks and notes, correspondence regarding patients, and a great deal of printed material.