This small document collection outlines Dr. Bueker's
biography and academic life with a curriculum vitae, reprints of publications,
and material on faculty appointments and grants. Mainly, however, it focuses on
his view of the seminal importance that research he published in 1948 played in
the subsequent elucidation of nerve growth factor (NGF) by Dr. Rita
Levi-Montalcini, work for which she won the Nobel Prize. Included is
correspondence between Drs. Bueker, Levi-Montalcini, and Victor Hamburger,
transcript of a lengthy interview with Dr. Levi-Montalcini, published items
referring to the history of NGF research, and notes on the subject by Dr. Bueker
and his wife.
Elmer D. Bueker (1903-1996) was born and educated in Missouri. After
receiving an M.A. in Biological Sciences from the University of Colorado he
taught high school Biology until 1942, while at the same time studying for a
doctorate at Washington University, St. Louis. He received the Ph.D. in Zoology
in 1942; his dissertation sponsor was Dr. Victor Hamburger. Dr. Bueker taught
Anatomy at South Carolina Medical College, Georgetown University, and University
of Missouri Medical School between 1943 and 1955. He moved to the Department of
Anatomy at New York University College of Dentistry from 1956 on. Upon
compulsory retirement in 1972 he continued as Adjunct Professor until 1978, and
as Emeritus Professor of Anatomy until 1985.
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