Sir Henry Soloman Wellcome

Sir Henry Soloman Wellcome (HM1HC)

Location: Plainfield, WI 54966 Waushara County
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Country: United States of America
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N 44° 14.538', W 89° 24.394'

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(1853 - 1936)

Sir Henry Soloman Wellcome, key figure in the development of pharmaceutics and the promotion of medical research, was born to Yankee settlers on a hardscrabble farm in the vicinity of Almond, Wisconsin, where he spent the first eight years of his life. Wellcome moved to Minnesota with his family in 1861 and was later educated in pharmacy schools in Chicago and Philadelphia. In 1880 he went to London, England, where he and Silas Mainville Burroughs formed a business partnership creating Burroughs Wellcome & Company to manufacture and market a new, compressed form of American medicine: pills. Sir Henry later established the Wellcome Chemical and Physiological laboratories, among the first medical research institutes in the pharmaceutical industry. Eventually, Wellcome researchers helped discover new treatments for diseases such as diphtheria, yellow fever, malaria, leprosy, and sleeping sickness. Wellcome's collection of rare medical manuscripts form the basis for the Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine in London. A naturalized British citizen, Sir Henry was knighted in 1932. The Wellcome Trust, established in England after Sir Henry's death in 1936, is recognized as one of the world's great benefactors of medical research and the Burroughs Wellcome Fund in the United States has supported medical research since 1955.
HM NumberHM1HC
Series This marker is part of the Wisconsin: Wisconsin Historical Society series
Marker Number336
Year Placed1996
Placed ByThe Wisconsin Historical Society
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Date Added Friday, October 10th, 2014 at 6:54pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 307841 N 4901601
Decimal Degrees44.24230000, -89.40656667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 44° 14.538', W 89° 24.394'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds44° 14' 32.28" N, 89° 24' 23.64" W
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Area Code(s)715
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 529 County Hwy J, Plainfield WI 54966, US
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