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DeWitt Stetten, Jr. Papers 1936-1990
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Biography

Biographical Note

DeWitt Stetten, Jr., informally know as Hans, was a noted biochemist and Deputy Director of the National Institutes of Health. He held an undergraduate degree from Harvard University and doctoral degrees in medicine and biochemistry from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He taught at several new England medical schools before assuming his career at the NIH in 1954. After a stint as dean of Rutgers University Medical School, he returned to the NIH in 1974 to become deputy director. One of his most notable accomplishments was the drafting of guidelines on genetic engineering research in 1976. He also founded the NIH's DeWitt Stetten Museum of Medical Research.