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The George O. Gey Collection

  • Creator: Gey, George Otto (1899 - 1970)

  • Collection Date: 1918 - 1974

  • Extent: 15 linear feet

  • Finding Aid
Gey, George Otto
by unidentified photographer
black and white photograph.


George O. Gey was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He received his B.S. in 1921 from the University of Pittsburgh and his M.D. in 1933 from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He served on the faculty of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and School of Hygiene and Public Health and was the director of the Finney-Howell Cancer Research Laboratory at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. Gey's research produced new developments in organ and cell culture, intracellular and membrane cytology, and in vitro investigations in endocrinology, oncology, and virology. Particular innovations included in vitro maintenance of organ and hormonal tissue, the "roller-tube" technique of cell cultivation, continuous maintenance of cell lines (normal and malignant), and nutrition of cells in tissue extracts and body fluids. With his wife, Margaret Gey, he developed techniques for filming and photographing cell growth within test tubes. Gey was the founder and first president of the Tissue Culture Association.

Hopkins Affiliations

1947 - 1970 Johns Hopkins Hospital
1933 - 1970 Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
1954 - 1970 Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health

Scope and Content

The George O. Gey Collection spans his entire career, with the bulk of the material from his tenure as Director of the Finney-Howell Cancer Research Laboratory. Included are correspondence with individuals, industries, granting agencies, foundations, and other organizations; grant records (including proposals, applications, budgets, and reports); laboratory progress reports; and reprints. Other professional materials include records of the Tissue Culture Association and Gey's notes and reprints. The collection also contains a selection of personal materials, such as photographs, family correspondence, items from World War I, picture postcards, certificates, and memorabilia. In addition there are reels of motion picture film, books, surgical instruments, and laboratory equipment.

Policy on Access and Use

This collection may contain some restricted records. Materials pertaining to patients, students, employees, and human research subjects, as well as unprocessed collections and recent administrative records, carry restrictions on access. For more information about the policies and procedures for access, see Policy on Access and Use.

Permissions and Credits

When citing material from this collection, credit The Alan Mason Chesney Medical Archives of The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. For permission to reproduce images, contact the holder of the copyright.

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