Guide to the Collection
Medals collected by and awarded to Dr. Hallowell Davis.
Hallowell Davis was born 31 August 1896, the son of Horace A. Davis, an attorney, and Anna Norwood Hallowell. He attended Harvard University (B.A., 1918; M.D. 1922) and Trinity College, Cambridge (1922), where he trained in electrophysiology. In 1923, Dr. Davis began his career as an instructor in Harvard's Physiology Department, eventually serving as its acting director from 1942-1943. In 1947, he became the director for research at the Central Institute for the Deaf in St. Louis and served on the faculty of Washington University as professor of otolaryngology and physiology. During his long career, Dr. Davis concentrated his research on the central nervous and auditory/physiology areas, which led him to develop machines to measure hearing through the brain's response to sound and to develop standards both for testing hearing and the development of hearing aids. He was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1948 and received the National Medal of Science from President Gerald Ford in 1976. Davis died in St. Louis in 1992 at the age of 95.
Davis was involved in many U.S. and international professional organizations and his personal medal collection reflects these activities.
Galambos, Robert. Hallowell Davis 1896-1992: A Biographical Memoir (Washington, D.C.: National Academies Press, 1998) http://www.nasonline.org/publications/biographical-memoirs/memoir-pdfs/davis-hallowell.pdf
Hallowell Davis's personal collection of 48 medals, including high school and college sports and social club medals, and a wide variety of international physiology and audiology congress medals and pins.
Gift of Margaret L. Winslow, 2017.
Detailed Description of the Collection
Obverse: Fluctuat nec Mergitur. Reverse: Ville De Paris. Engraved: "Paris a Hallowel Davis 1974."
Engraved on verso: "Professeur H. Davis Decembre 1983."
Reverse engraved: "Chapter / 1922 / Hallowell Davis."
Engraved: "Hallowell Davis '18."
Obverse: William Harvey 1578-1657.
Engraved on verso: "H. Davis '18."
Obverse: Lazzaro Spallanzani 1729-1799 around profile bust.
Obverse: J. Hughlings Jackson 1835-1935 around portrait bust.
20th c. fantasy after Italian ducats. Alternate title: Sts. Ambrose, Gervase and Protase of Milan.
Alternate titles: Freiburg/B. Stadsiegel 1431; Freiburg City Seal.
Obverse: "'Nullo Cucchi Piccinini Erano Bergamo.' G. Garibaldi" surrounding three male profiles. Reverse: "Bergamo Citta dei mille. 1860 1960."
Alternate title: Ivan Mikhaylovich Sechenov medal.
Obverse: William Beavmont AD 1785-1853 around profile bust.
Engraved on reverse: "Broad Jump 1915."
Engraved on reverse: "Winter Carnival 1915 / Broad Jump / 3rd prize."
On reverse: "Presented to P. Allen by the corporation of Harvard University."
Typed name: DR DAVIS / USA.
Typed name: MRS DAVIS / USA.
Typed name: DAVIS MRS H / USA 267.
Typed name: DAVIS H / USA 122.
Rectangular blue field with XV above a building in relief with "CCCP" in red. 267 below. Probably from the 15th International Physiological Conference, which was held in Leningrad and Moscow.
Typed name: Florence E. Davis U.S.A.
Reverse:25 Aniversario Dr. Hallowell Davis 1956-1981.
Hallowell Davis medals, Massachusetts Historical Society.
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