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Athens in Athens-Clarke County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)

Dr. William Lorenzo Moss Birthplace

Dr. William Lorenzo Moss Birthplace Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, October 30, 2006
1. Dr. William Lorenzo Moss Birthplace Marker
Inscription.  William Lorenzo Moss, medical researcher and physician, was born in this house at 479 Cobb Street in Cobbham on August 23, 1876. Crawford W. Long was the attending physician. Dr. Moss received his B.S. degree from the University of Georgia in 1897 and the M.D. degree from the Johns Hopkins University in 1905. He taught at the latter school, at Yale, and at Harvard. In 1926 Dr. Moss was Acting Dean at Harvard's School of Public Health Medicine. In 1931 he was named Dean of the Medical Department of the University of Georgia (now the Medical College of Georgia).

It is as a researcher in the fields of immunology, blood types, and tropical diseases that Dr. Moss is best remembered. His most noted single contribution lay in the development of the Moss System, a classification of blood groupings which he labeled I through IV. This system was widely used throughout the world until modified during World War II. Dr. Moss headed numerous international medical research expeditions in the Caribbean, South America, and the South Pacific from 1914 to 1937.

Dr. Moss died in Athens on August 12, 1957.
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1983 by Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Donor: Athens Historical Society. (Marker Number 029-14.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Science & Medicine. In addition, it is included in the Georgia Historical Society series list.
Location. 33° 57.598′ N, 83° 23.538′ W. Marker is in Athens, Georgia, in Athens-Clarke County. Marker is on Cobb Street 0 miles west of Franklin Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 479 Cobb Street, Athens GA 30606, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. America’s First Garden Club (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Taylor-Grady House (approx. ¼ mile away); Lucy Cobb Institute (1858-1931) (approx. 0.3 miles away); Athens High and Industrial School (approx. half a mile away); Camak House: (approx. half a mile away); May Erwin Talmadge (approx. half a mile away); University of Georgia Botanical Garden (approx. half a mile away); Home of Joseph Henry Lumpkin (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Athens.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 15, 2019. It was originally submitted on September 28, 2008, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 1,415 times since then and 15 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on September 28, 2008, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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Apr. 9, 2020