Papers of Morris Friedkin, American biochemist, professor and university administrator.
His research interests included folic acid metabolism, cancer chemotherapy, enzymology,
DNA synthesis, biochemical dynamics of the cell cycle, pharmacology, and positron
emission tomography. Friedkin received his Ph.D. in 1948 from the University of Chicago
working under the famous biochemist, Albert Lehninger. Throughout his career, he directed
his wide range of research interests and experience primarily toward the development of
cancer chemotherapies for leukemia. Friedkin worked at the Washington University School
of Medicine, Tufts University School of Medicine, and the University of California, San
Diego, School of Medicine. At Tufts, he served as chair of the Department of Biochemistry
(1957-1969). At the University of California, San Diego, he served as provost of Revelle
College (1974-1976). Materials include laboratory notebooks, loose notes, data, chemical
and research product subject files; reprints and typescripts of published and unpublished
writings by Friedkin; documents related to grants and fellowships; annotated writings by
others; and correspondence. Also included are course materials and notes from Friedkin's
time as student at Iowa State College and at University of Chicago; and teaching
materials and administrative materials from his time as a faculty member and/or
administrator at Washington University, Tufts University, and the University of
California, San Diego. The papers are arranged in ten series: 1) BIOGRAPHICAL MATERIALS, 2) CORRESPONDENCE, 3)
EDUCATION MATERIALS, 4) GRANTS AND FELLOWSHIPS, 5) RESEARCH MATERIALS, 6) TEACHING AND
ADMINISTRATIVE MATERIALS, 7) WRITINGS BY FRIEDKIN, 8) WRITINGS BY OTHERS, 9)
MISCELLANEOUS MATERIALS, and 10) ORIGINALS OF PRESERVATION PHOTOCOPIES.
Morris E. Friedkin was born on December 30, 1918, in Kansas City, Missouri. Upon
finishing high school in 1936, he entered Kansas City Junior College and received an A.A.
in chemistry in 1938. Friedkin continued his education at Iowa State College receiving a
B.S. in chemistry in 1940 and an M.S. in analytical chemistry in 1941. After completing
his master's degree, he enrolled in the doctorate program in biochemistry at the
University of Chicago where he was one of the first graduate students of the renowned
biochemist, Albert Lehninger. In 1948, Morris Friedkin completed his Ph.D. with the
submission of his dissertation entitled "Studies on Aerobic Phosophorylation." After
receiving his doctorate, he continued his studies for one year as a postdoctoral fellow
of the National Institutes of Health at the University of Copenhagen.
In accordance with state and federal law, materials in Box 3, Folder 18 and Box 24,
Folder 12 are restricted until 2067.