Near Almond in Waushara County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Sir Henry Soloman Wellcome
(1853 – 1936)
Sir Henry Soloman Wellcome, key figure in the development of pharmaceutics and the promotion of medical research, was born to Yankee settlers on a hardscrabble farm in the vicinity of Almond, Wisconsin, where he spent the first eight years of his life. Wellcome moved to Minnesota with his family in 1861 and was later educated in pharmacy schools in Chicago and Philadelphia. In 1880 he went to London, England, where he and Silas Mainville Burroughs formed a business partnership creating Burroughs Wellcome & Company to manufacture and market a new, compressed form of American medicine: pills. Sir Henry later established the Wellcome Chemical and Physiological laboratories, among the first medical research institutes in the pharmaceutical industry. Eventually, Wellcome researchers helped discover new treatments for diseases such as diphtheria, yellow fever, malaria, leprosy, and sleeping sickness. Wellcome’s collection of rare medical manuscripts form the basis for the Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine in London. A naturalized British citizen, Sir Henry was knighted in 1932. The Wellcome Trust, established in England after Sir Henry’s death in 1936, is recognized as one of the world’s great benefactors of medical research and the Burroughs Wellcome Fund in the United States has supported medical research since 1955.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin Historical Society marker series.
Location. 44° 14.538′ N, 89° 24.394′ W. Marker is near Almond, Wisconsin, in Waushara County. Marker is on County Highway J 0.1 miles south of Akron Avenue, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is 0.1 mile south of Portage County. Marker is in this post office area: Almond WI 54909, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Almond Veterans Memorial ( approx. 1.4 miles away); Whistler Mound Group and Enclosure ( approx. 9.2 miles away); Windfeldt Estate ( approx. 10.7 miles away); Fish Raceway ( approx. 11 miles away); Lake with a Secret ( approx. 11 miles away); Sacred to the Memory of the Soldiers ( approx. 11 miles away); Old Coach Road ( approx. 11 miles away); Hellestad House ( approx. 11.1 miles away).
Also see . . .
1. Wellcome Trust -- Our History. "In 1880, two young Americans, Silas Mainville Burroughs and Henry Wellcome, established a pharmaceutical company, Burroughs Wellcome & Co., to promote a new form of compressed pill. In 1895, Silas Burroughs died, leaving the company (Submitted on October 25, 2007, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.)
2. Swansea University -- Sir Henry Wellcome. "Henry trained as a pharmacist and became a student of William Mayo the doctor and scientist. Mayo told him a statement made by Pasteur, which he never forgot: ‘Men without labs are as soldiers without arms.’ He was to make research a main part of his life’s work....He wanted a distinctive trademark for the Burroughs Wellcome products and he invented the word ‘tabloid’ which was a registered trademark in 1884. The word entered the English language and dictionary and it was many years later used to describe a type of newspaper." (Submitted on October 25, 2007, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.)
Categories. • Notable Persons • Science & Medicine •
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