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Philip Drinker : biography

December 12, 1894 - October 19, 1972

Philip Drinker (December 12, 1894 in Haverford, Pennsylvania–October 19, 1972 in Fitzwilliam, New Hampshire) was an industrial hygienist. With Louis Agassiz Shaw, he invented the first widely used iron lung in 1928.


Family and early life

Drinker's father was railroad man and Lehigh University president Henry Sturgis Drinker; his siblings included lawyer and musicologist Henry Sandwith Drinker, Jr., pathologist Cecil Kent Drinker, businessman James Drinker, and biographer Catherine Drinker Bowen. After graduating from Princeton in 1915, Philip Drinker trained as a chemical engineer at Lehigh for two years.

Squalus Squalus

Drinker served as editor-in-chief of The Journal of Industrial Hygiene for over thirty years and, in 1942, as president of the American Industrial Hygiene Association, to which he had belonged since its inception.

He retired from Harvard in 1960 or 1961.

He was inducted into the US National Inventor's Hall of Fame in 2007.

He and his wife Susan"Philip Drinker." American Industrial Hygiene Association journal. May 1973: 34(5), 179-181. had a son, bioengineer Philip A. Drinker.Sallans, Andrew. University of Virginia, Claude Moore Health Sciences Library. 2005. Accessed March 18, 2007., and 2 daughters, Susan Drinker Moran (1926-2008), author, and Eliza Scudder, educator.

Living octopus

Living octopus

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