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March 04, 2015 // By Karen Kreeger // Comments

What’s Going on Inside the Richards Medical Research Building These Days?

250th // Basic Science // Education // Human Interest // Professor Emeritus // Research // Translational Research

Richards_Labs_PennThe early 1960s were a heady time on the medical school campus and another wonderful chapter in its past 250 years. In 1960, Peter Nowell and David Hungerford discovered the Philadelphia chromosome, which linked cancer to genetic abnormalities for the first time. In 1962, Aaron Beck devised a revolutionary form of psychotherapy called cognitive behavioral therapy. Both of these achievements were destined for international fame and utility.

In between those clinical accomplishments, in 1961, an eight-story medical research building, designed by iconoclast architect Louis Kahn, was completed on Hamilton Walk. It was named after renowned Penn pharmacologist and department chair Alfred Newton Richards.

According to Penn Facilities and Real Estate Services, the Richards Labs, now a National Historic Landmark in American architecture, is “one of the most important buildings on the Penn campus, by far one of the most important architects of the modern era.” Although many researchers have moved from Richards to other facilities on campus to make way for renovations, research is still very much alive in this historic building.

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