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Philip R. Edwards
United States
Dr. Philip Rarick Edwards’ interest in a variety of aspects of bacteriology spanned much of the first half of the 20th Century. A brilliant man with modest tastes and many friends, Dr. Edwards was internationally known for his research which resolved the complexities of Salmonella and other Enterobacteriaceae. With Dr. William Wallace Dimock (inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1990), Dr. Edwards investigated the etiology of equine abortion and diseases of young foals. He studied the reproductive system of mares and helped to develop the first vaccine against equine viral abortion.
Inducted November 1991.

Dr. Edwards was born in Owensboro, Kentucky. He received his B.S. degree from the University of Kentucky in 1922, and earned his Ph.D. in bacteriology in 1925 from Yale University. Dr. Edwards then returned to the University of Kentucky, where he served as a bacteriologist, and eventually a professor, at the Agricultural Experiment Station from 1925 until 1948. From 1939 until 1948, Dr. Edwards was director of the National Salmonella Center, which was established in his laboratory. In 1948, Dr. Edwards joined the staff of the Communicable Disease Center of the U.S. Public Health Service in Atlanta, Georgia, as Chief of the Enteric Bacteriology Unit. In 1962, he became Chief of the Bacteriology Section.

Research carried out by Dr. Edwards was largely responsible for defining the cause of Corynebacterium (Rhodococcus) pneumonia and other bacterial diseases of foals -including navel ill and joint ill. He undertook extensive studies on Shigella equirulis (Actinobacillus equuli) infection and on genital infection in broodmares. He also conducted much of the definitive work on the biochemistry and antigenic characterization of the Group C streptococci, which are responsible for a complex of equine infectious diseases. Dr. Edwards was the author or co-author of more than 295 scientific papers.

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