William Henry Welch was born in Norfolk, Connecticut back in 1850 to William and Emeline. Educated at Norfolk Academy and the Winchester Institute before entering Yale University in 1866. His ambition was to teach the Greek language. He received his A.B. degree in 1870.
After graduation, he taught school in Norwich, New York for a short period of time. He went on to study medicine at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in Manhattan. He received his MD in 1875. He studied in Germany after graduation returning to the United States in 1877 opening a lab at Bellevue Medical College.
He was the first physician recruited by the newly-formed Johns Hopkins Hospital and Medical School in Baltimore. By 1886, he helped establish the first postgraduate training program for physicians in the country. By 1889, he was the head of the Department of Pathology and the first dean of the John Hopkins University School of Medicine.
Not that that was enough in 1916 he established the John Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health the first school of public health in the country. He held many positions so let me name just a few. He was the founding president of the Board of Scientific Directors at the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research, president of the American Medical Association, the Association of American Physicians and the list goes on. Not bad don’t you think for someone not interested in the field of medicine. Anyway, until tomorrow keep a smile on your face and a penny in your pocket.