Oral science doctorates, 1977

Oral science doctorates, 1977
Received from Robert Samuel Harris, Courtesy MIT Museum

Oral science doctorates, with Dr. Robert S. Harris, seated at left, November 1977.

Robert S. Harris '28 was a professor of nutritional biochemistry at MIT, where he served as faculty for 41 years until his retirement in 1969. Dr. Harris was known for his research on the roles of vitamins, minerals, fats and proteins in the metabolic process. He was a member of the Expert Committee on Nutrition of the World Health Organization, a specialized agency of the United Nations. He helped modernize nutrition or food-science departments of several universities overseas. In 1949, he established the Institute of Nutrition for Central America and Panama, which developed a nutritious substance for children of the undeveloped countries of that region.

--Adapted from obituary by Thomas W. Ennis in the New York Times, 27 December 1983

Timeline: 1970s
School: School of Science
Department: Biology
Career: Government & LawHealth & MedicineScience
Object: Image
Collection: Faculty, Integration and Differentiation 1969-1994, Latina/o and Latin America, Students