Johns Hopkins – The Man & The School

By | May 19, 2009

Johns Hopkins (May 19, 1795 – December 24, 1873) left $7 million in his 1867 incorporation papers and 1873 will for the foundation of a university and Hospital. The equivalent is over $131 million in the year 2006 dollars.

The peculiar first name of Johns Hopkins came from the surname of his great-grandmother, Margaret Johns. She was married to Gerard Hopkins and named their son Johns Hopkins. The name was passed on to his grandson.

The Johns Hopkins University opened Feb. 22, 1876, with Daniel Coit Gilman as its first president. “What are we aiming at?” Gilman asked in his installation address. “The encouragement of research … and the advancement of individual scholars, who by their excellence will advance the sciences they pursue, and the society where they dwell.”

John Hopkins University Mission Statement – The mission of The Johns Hopkins University is to educate its students and cultivate their capacity for life-long learning, to foster independent and original research, and to bring the benefits of discovery to the world.

Johns Hopkins Medicine Mission – The mission of Johns Hopkins Medicine is to improve the health of the community and the world by setting the standard of excellence in medical education, research and clinical care. Diverse and inclusive, Johns Hopkins Medicine educates medical students, scientists, health care professionals and the public; conducts biomedical research; and provides patient-centered medicine to prevent, diagnose and treat human illness.

Johns Hopkins was never married, although it is thought that he was in love with his first cousin, Elizabeth. The two pledge to never marry and neither of them did.


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