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Robert W. Hegner was born in Decorah, Iowa. He received a BS in 1903 and a MS in 1904 from the University of Chicago. Upon receipt of his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin in 1908, Hegner was appointed as instructor and then assistant professor of zoology at the University of Michigan. He was recruited as an associate professor to the department of medical zoology at the new Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health in 1918 and by 1922 he was appointed professor of protozoology. Hegner’s research focused on parasitic protozoa and tropical medicine. He published over 150 papers on protozology, malaria and amebic dysentery and textbooks on general zoology and parasitology. He was president of the American Society of Zoologists in 1935 and the president of the American Society of Parasitologists in 1936 as well as a charter member of the American Academy of Tropical Medicine.

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The Robert W. Hegner collection consists of a travel diary written during a trip to Europe to observe Europeon institutes of science in special fields mostly in the basic sciences, a guestbook of the Department of Medical Zoology (1923-1927) and annual reports of the Department of Medical Zoology covering the period 1920-1927. Of particular interest is a 12 page index of institutions he visited and individuals with whom he met during the 1920 trip. The travel diary covers the period May 19, 1920 to September 4, 1920 and includes pictures, post cards and descriptions of scientific laboratories and institutes in post World War I Europe.

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