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Warrens Plimpton Lombard
History of the University of Michigan 295

Warren Plimpton Lombard was born at West Newton, Massachusetts, May 29, 1855, son of Israel and Mary Ann (Plimpton) Lombard. His ancestors on both sides were early settlers in New England.

His preparatory education was obtained in the Boston and Newton public schools. He entered Harvard College and received the degree of Bachelor of Arts in 1878. Three years later he received the degree of Doctor of Medicine from the Harvard Medical School.

He spent two years studying physiology under Ludwig, in Leipzig, Germany. On his return in 1885 he spent a year in research work at Harvard, and later at Johns Hopkins University, and then became an assistant in Physiology in the College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York.

In 1889 he was appointed Assistant Professor of Physiology in Clark University, and in 1892 Professor of Physiology and Histology in the University of Michigan. In 1898 his title was changed to Professor of Physiology.

He is a frequent contributor to the scientific journals, including "Archiv fur Anatomie and Physiologie," "The American Journal of Psychology," "The American Journal of the Medical Sciences," " The Journal of Physiology," and "The American Journal of Physiology." He also wrote, "General Physiology of Muscle and Nerve," for " An American Textbook of Physiology" (1896); and the article on Electrotonus for "Reference Handbook of the Medical Sciences" (1900). He has also published a number of addresses. He is a member of the American Physiological Society and the Michigan State Medical Society.

On June 21, 1883, he was married to Caroline Cook, of Staten Island, New York.