Forward Thinking: 1960s


Alumna and professor in the Western Reserve University speech department Ruth Bender, a champion of the early diagnosis and treatment of hearing problems, publishes The Conquest of Deafness, the first comprehensive history of the field.


Case Institute of Technology civil engineer George Goble and graduate student Frank Rausche develop the "Case Method" of dynamic pile analysis, a practical technique that eliminates the guesswork from the task of determining the bearing capacity of piles and piers.


For the first time ever, human cells are successfully genetically altered in a test tube at the School of Medicine.


Eric Baer establishes the Department of Macromolecular Science at the Case Institute of Technology—the first of its kind at any university.


Federation of Case Institute of Technology and Western Reserve University creates Case Western Reserve University.


Robert W. Kearns patents the intermittent windshield wiper. His ensuing legal battle with Ford and Chrysler is the subject of the 2008 film Flash of Genius.


Frederick Herzberg, an industrial relations expert at Case Western Reserve, publishes Work and the Nature of Man. The book gives rise to his Motivation- Hygiene Theory of Human Motivation, which advocates management by motivation as opposed to movement.