Saturday, February 16, 2008


Above are pictures that I made of the beautiful ironwork at the main entrance of ROCKEFELLER UNIVERSITY as well as fence panels displaying the pioneering scientific discoveries of the university's world-renowned scientists. Founded by John D. Rockefeller, the ROCKEFELLER INSTITUTE FOR MEDICAL RESEARCH was incorporated on June 14, 1901. It was the first institution in the United States devoted solely to biomedical research aimed at understanding the underlying causes of disease. It was renamed ROCKEFELLER UNIVERSITY, and has a become a leader in basic scientific research and graduate education. Among their many discoveries, scientists at Rockefeller have discovered that genes are made of DNA, found the Rh factor in blood, pioneered the physiology and chemistry of vision, demonstrated the connection between cholesterol and heart disease, developed vaccines against meningitis, introduced methadone to manage heroin addiction, discovered that distribution of proteins to various cellular compartments is accomplished by a "ZIP code" system, determined that cancer can be caused by a virus, and developed the AIDS “cocktail” drug therapy. In its history, Rockefeller has been associated with 23 Nobel laureates.
The Rockefeller University shares the intersection of York Avenue and East 68th Street with Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and New York-Presbyterian Hospital/ Weill Medical College of Cornell University. The university's main entrance is at 1230 York Avenue (at East 66th Street) on Manhattan's Upper East Side.

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