This collection contains reports from NLM and the Stain Commission; information from Dr. Kornhauser's time at Denison College, Ohio and Cold Spring Harbor; photos of Kornhauser, his family and colleagues; reprints of articles by and about Dr. Kornhauser; Mrs. Kornhauser's diary from their time spent in Germany, 1913-14; and an oral history with Dr. Kornhauser's daughter Katherine Kornhauser Kamin Miller, done in 1991, along with a transcription of this interview.
Sidney Isaac Kornhauser was born in Cleveland, Ohio on 2 November, 1887. His parents, Albert and Yetta Goldberg Kornhauser, had come from Austria and Sidney was bilingual (German and English). At 21 he received his BA in Biology from the University of Pittsburgh, and in 1908-1909 was an instructor in Biology at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. He was a Teaching Fellow at Harvard University in 1909-1910 and was awarded his MA in Zoology (cytology/cellular biology) in 1910 and his PhD in Zoology from Harvard in 1912. He obtained a two-year traveling fellowship from the University of Halle, 1912-1913. While in Halle he married Anna Viola Marshall [1887-1978]. During 1913-1914, Dr. Kornhauser studied at Wurzburg, Germany. From 1914-1918 he served as Assistant Professor of Zoology at Northwestern University. During WWI, Dr. Kornhauser served as a Lieutenant in the Army Sanitary Corps as a parasitologist at Ellis Island, New York. He was appointed Professor of Zoology at Denison University in 1919. In 1921 he co-founded the Biological Stains Commission with Dr. H.J. Conn and others.
Dr. Kornhauser was appointed full-time Chair of the Department of Anatomy at the University of Louisville School of Medicine in 1922, and continued to serve as Professor and Chairman of the Department of Anatomy until he resigned as Chair in August 1958, after 36 years of service. He remained Professor of Anatomy until the day before his death on January 1, 1959.
Dr. Kornhauser was a microscopic anatomist and taught students histology and embryology, but he was well acquainted with gross anatomy and the needs of the student. In 1929, he and Dr. Sidney E. Johnson designed and patented a moisture-conserving, stainless steel dissecting table.