Forward Thinking: 1920s

1923

Western Reserve University historian Lynn Thorndike publishes the first part of his seven-volume work The History of Magic and Experimental Science, marking the emergence of the history of science as a field of study. The book focuses on astrology, alchemy, the occult and magic, suggesting that magicians were perhaps the first to experiment.

1923

Former medicine faculty member John J.R. Macleod is awarded the Nobel Prize for his part in the discovery of insulin used to treat diabetes.