John Jacob Abel at 1604 Bolton Street

First Professor of Pharmacology in the United States

Born near Cleveland, Ohio, in 1857, John Jacob Abel received a Ph.B. (Bachelor of Philosophy) from the University of Michigan in 1883 and his M.D. from Strasbourg in 1888. In 1893, after further training from Henry Newell Martin of the Johns Hopkins University and at various European University, the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine recruited Abel to start a department of pharmacology becoming first full-time professor of pharmacology in the United States.

Among the most notable legacies of Abel's work is his research on adrenalin, insulin, and an apparatus that is widely regarded as a forerunner of the artificial kidney.


John Jacob Abel (1922)

John Jacob Abel (1922)

Photograph of John Jacob Abel. | Source: A book of portraits of the faculty of the Medical Department of the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore by Doris Ulmann (1922), Internet Archive, bookofportraitso00ulma | Creator: 1922 View File Details Page

Street Address:

1604 Bolton Street, Baltimore, MD 21217 [map]

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Eli Pousson, “John Jacob Abel at 1604 Bolton Street,” Explore Baltimore Heritage, accessed July 23, 2017,


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