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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.

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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.

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