Cecil Kent Drinker (March 17, 1887 – April 19, 1956) was an American physician and founder of the Harvard School of Public Health. He was professor at Harvard School of Public Health from 1923 till 1935. Drinker was involved in the effect of radium on the women painting luminous dials. Drinker's father was railroad man and Lehigh University president Henry Sturgis Drinker; his siblings included lawyer and musicologist Henry Sandwith Drinker, Jr., industrial hygienist Philip Drinker and biographer Catherine Drinker Bowen.

Cecil Kent Drinker
portrait of Cecil Kent Drinker as a child, by his aunt Cecilia Beaux, 1891
Born17 March 1887 Edit this on Wikidata
Philadelphia Edit this on Wikidata
Died14 April 1956 Edit this on Wikidata (aged 69)
Falmouth Edit this on Wikidata
Alma mater
OccupationPhysician, physiologist Edit this on Wikidata
Spouse(s)Katherine Rotan Drinker Edit this on Wikidata

Drinker was married to Katherine Rotan Drinker.


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