Print Logo

The Office That Started It All: A Closer Look at Dr. Edmund Andrews

Share

Tags: founder's week, chicago history, Chicago Academy of Sciences

Created: 1/22/2015      Updated: 8/8/2016

Subscribe to the Nature Museum blog and never miss a post!

Last week we celebrated our 158th birthday, this week we’re recognizing one of the founder who made it all possible. Dr. Edmund Andrews died on this day in 1904. Andrews was born in Vermont and expressed interest in botany and geology from an early age. Although he soon turned his professional focus to medicine, this love remained with him. He studied medicine at the University of Michigan, and became demonstrator of anatomy and professor of comparative anatomy. He became a published author and had his essays featured in medical journals. It was this work that then brought him to settle in Chicago.

Edmund Andrews in office

Although he was a practicing surgeon, during his off-hours he returned to his love of nature. It was in his offices that the original members of what was to later become the Chicago Academy of Sciences began to meet. When the Academy was formalized in 1857, Andrews was named Curator of the Academy. By the time Robert Kennicott took over the position in 1863, Andrews had co-founded the Chicago Medical College, and had been appointed Surgeon in Chief of Camp Douglas. Although his medical work kept him occupied professionally, he still remained involved with the Academy. His interest in geology and glacial history led him to publish some of his findings in the Transactions of the Chicago Academy of Sciences, and he served as the President of the Board of Trustees for a number of terms and through some of its toughest years.

Edmund Andrews in profile

While we recognized and remember Dr. Edmund Andrews for his work with the Academy, he truly made a name for himself as a pioneering surgeon. To learn more about his contributions to the world of medicine, check out the links below.

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Biographical Sketches of the Leading Men of Chicago by J. Carbuff

Subscribe to the Nature Museum blog and never miss a post!

No Comments

  • Add a Comment

* indicates required field

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum respects your privacy. We don’t rent or sell your personal information to anyone.

 
Close
Mobile navigation