Studying the Brain, 1939

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Brain research in 1939 was conducted on “Dr. Harvey’s Brain Machine”—but how? And by whom? Was this machine named for Edmund Newton Harvey? Harvey came to Princeton as an instructor in biology in 1919 at the age of 23 and was on the faculty for 45 years, becoming Henry Fairfield Osborn Professor in 1933. In the 1920s he offered the first biochemistry courses at Princeton, which were among the first offered at any university. He and his wife Ethel, also a biologist with a PhD from Columbia, had two sons, E. Newton Harvey Jr. ‘38 and Richard B. Harvey 43, who earned doctorates in physical chemistry and medicine.

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