Repository Guide to the Personal Papers Collections of
Alan Mason Chesney Medical Archives
Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions

The Albert L. Lehninger Collection


Albert L. Lehninger by unidentified photographer; black and white photograph.



Collection Summary 

Lehninger, Albert Lester

17 Feb 1917-4 Mar 1986

Institutional Affiliation(s)
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Date Range of Collection

Volume of Collection
28.5 linear feet




Albert Lester Lehninger was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut. He received his B.A. in 1939 from Wesleyan University and his M.S. in 1940 and Ph.D. in 1942 from the University of Wisconsin. After receiving his Ph.D. in biochemistry, he held several faculty positions at the University of Wisconsin and the University of Chicago. Lehninger came to the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1952 as the DeLamar Professor and director of the department of physiological chemistry. He is credited with making fundamental contributions in bioenergetics, a field which deals with the way in which nutrients derived from food are oxidized and converted into a biochemically useable form. He is the author of three classic texts:Biochemistry,The Mitochondrion, and Bioenergetics

Scope and Content

The Albert Lester Lehninger Collection spans his entire career at Johns Hopkins. It contains professional and personal correspondence, lecture notes, manuscripts, curriculum documents, reprints, committee minutes, and reports. These materials document his activities at Johns Hopkins University as a scientist, teacher, researcher, and department director. This collection is a significant resource for the study of biochemistry in the twentieth century.

Policy on Access and Use

This collection may contain some restricted records. Materials pertaining to patients, students, employees, and human research subjects, as well as unprocessed collections and recent administrative records, carry restrictions on access. For more information about the policies and procedures for access, see Policy on Access and Use.

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