Thomas Jefferson University

Private University

Philadelphia, United States

Thomas Jefferson University was established in 1824 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Started as a medical college in 1824, Thomas Jefferson University has experienced many ups and downs in the process of becoming one of the prestigious institutions in Pennsylvania. In 1824, there were several attempts Read more


Highlights of Thomas Jefferson University

  • In 2007, Jefferson College sold the paintings made by Thomas Eakins’ The Gross Clinic to Pennsylvania School of Fine Arts and the Philadelphia Museum of Art for $68 million.
  • Thomas Jefferson University also operates the Philadelphia University Research Center, which is a restored textile mill founded in 1824.
  • A donation of $110 million was given by Sidney Kennel and announced that Jefferson Medical College would be renamed Sidney Kimmel Medical College
  • The sports team of Thomas Jefferson University is known as the Jefferson Rams. The merged school decided to retain PhilaU's nickname and its program which follows using the branding of "Jefferson" when describing the university as a whole.
  • Thomas Jefferson University also has a Paul J Gutman Library which has a collection of more than 80,000 books, e books, journals, archives and other electronic material.
  • Some of the notable alumni of Thomas Jefferson University include John Heysham Gibbon, inventor of the heart-lung machine; awarded the Lasker Prize, Robert Gallo, discoverer of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus; awarded the Lasker Prize twice, James P. Bagian, physician, engineer, and former NASA astronaut, Bob File, ex-Major League Baseball player, Toronto Blue Jays, Carlos Finlay, a pioneer in the research of yellow fever, determining that it was transmitted through Aedes aegypti, William S. Forbes, professor of anatomy, Adrian Brooks ('78), a former professional soccer player, Pat Chambers, Penn State University men's basketball coach; Jacob Mendes Da Costa, discoverer of Da Costa's syndrome and many more.
  • Famous Alumni
    Robert Gallo

    Discovered HIV Disease

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