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Christian Boehmer Anfinsen (1916–1995)

Molecular structure

Key to Building 3 Directory Box, 1938

Donated by Steve Griffin, Accession 04.0008.002

A key

From the collection of the NIH Stetten Museum

“It was a remarkable place. We were all young, and working in a very charged atmosphere,” said Nobel laureate Julius Axelrod about Building 3 in a 1991 NIH Alumni Association Update article. Building 3 was one of the original laboratory buildings on the NIH’s Bethesda, Maryland campus, opening in 1938, to hold the Public Health Methods and Animal Unit. This key opened the Building 3 directory box, which listed the impressive array of scientists who worked in its laboratories, including five future Nobel laureates, three future NIH directors, a pharmaceutical company president, and 15 scientists who were inducted into the National Academy of Sciences. The National Heart Institute (NHI, now the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute) got its start in Building 3 in 1948, and Dr. Christian Anfinsen was appointed chief of NHI’s Laboratory of Cellular Physiology in the building in 1950.

Read about cows in the elevators and all of the other luminaries who worked at Building 3 in Heather Dolan’s article “An NIH Research Dynasty in Building 3: A Who’s Who of Biomedical Researchers.”

Black and white photo of Building 3

Building 3 on the National Institutes of Health campus in Bethesda, Maryland where Dr. Christian Anfinsen and many other notable scientists worked.

From the Office of NIH History and Stetten Museum