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Samuel Meites Collection


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Samuel Meites was born on January 3rd, 1921, in St. Joseph, Missouri. He received his A.B. degree in botany and chemistry from the University of Missouri. After service in World War II, he returned to school and received his Ph.D. in 1950 from Ohio State University's Department of Agricultural Biochemistry. Meites was a Professor of Pediatrics at Ohio State University College of Medicine and was employed by Children's Hospital, Columbus, Ohio where he held the position of Clinical Chemist, from 1954 until his retirement.

In addition to his professional duties, Meites was active in the affairs of the American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC), serving as its National Secretary from 1975 through 1977. He was a founding member of the AACC Ohio Valley Section and served terms as its Chairman and Secretary/Treasurer. He later wrote this section's history for the AACC. His interest in the historical development of clinical chemistry led Samuel Meites to spearhead the founding of the AACC History Division. He authored a well-received biography of Harvard professor Otto Folin, the United States' first clinical biochemist. Samuel Meites died in Columbus, Ohio on June 13, 2003.


Samuel Meites Collection, Science History Institute Archives, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

American Association for Clinical Chemistry. "Samuel Meites, PhD."

The materials relating to Pediatric Clinical Chemistry are a step-by-step how-to guide for the editors of subsequent editions. It mostly contains forms and correspondence to and from Meites, who served as Editor, and the volume's various contributors. The Folin material consists of typed manuscripts with many corrections in Meites' hand.

The Samuel Meites Collection was donated to the Science History Institute (formerly known as the Chemical Heritage Foundation) by Samuel Meites in 2001.

The Samuel Meites Collection was processed by Andrew Mangravite in February 2017. This finding aid was revised by Birch Mezzaroba in February 2022.

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Meites, S. "Steps to Produce the Book Pediatric Clinical Chemistry, 3rd Ed." (Recent findings on the effects of age and sex on "normal" reference values made this new edition necessary.), 1986-1988.
Box 1 Folder 1
Meites, S. Otto Folin: America's First Clinical Biochemist-Part 1 (pp. 1-524) — typed manuscript w/ handwritten corrections — (Meites felt the need to write a life of Folin as the means of elevating the status of clinical chemists; he also hard, but without success to convince the U.S Postal service to issue a stamp honoring Folin.), 1980-1989.
Box 1 Folder 2
Meites, S. Otto Folin: America's First Clinical Biochemist-Part 2 (The Harvard Years: 1907-1934), 1980-1989.
Box 1 Folder 3
Meites, S. Otto Folin: America's First Clinical Biochemist - Index and Errata Sheets, 1989.
Box 1 Folder 4

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