Chesney Archives

Russell H. Morgan Collection

Russell H. Morgan
by Herbert E. Abrams

Collection Overview

Creator: Morgan, Russell Hedley (1911-1986)
Collection Date: 1946-1986
Extent: 33 linear feet

Biography

Russell H. Morgan was born in London, Ontario. He entered a seven-year medical program at the University of Western Ontario, receiving his B.A. in 1934 and his M.D. in 1937. Morgan came to Johns Hopkins in 1946 as professor and chairman of the newly created department of radiology in the school of medicine and the first radiologist-in-chief of the hospital. In 1960, he was also appointed professor of radiological science in the school of hygiene and public health. He had developed an automatic X-ray timer while at the University of Chicago in the early 1940s, and with his colleagues at Johns Hopkins, perfected a method of screen intensification that reduced radiation exposure and improved fluoroscopic vision. Morgan left his position of radiologist-in-chief in 1971 to become dean and vice president for health divisions of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, a position he held until 1975.

Scope and Content

The Russel H. Morgan Collection spans his entire career at Johns Hopkins. It consists of correspondence, photographs, subject files, films, laboratory research data, reprints, contract files, equipment files, and slides. The bulk of the material is from his years as chairman of radiology and documents the growth of that department, as well as the development of new radiological techniques.

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