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Eugene Ackerman papers

Identifier: ua01260

Scope and Content

Correspondence This series comprises correspondence with students, colleagues at the University of Minnesota, and professionals in the field of health informatics. The series in arranged alphabetically by recipient.

Courses This series contains course readings, assignments, and handouts from courses taught or taken by Dr. Ackerman. Of note are materials from Swarthmore College, where Ackerman studies physics, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where Ackerman completed a doctoral degree in Biophysics. This collection also includes materials for courses taught at Pennsylvania State University, University of Pennsylvania, and the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN.

Manuscripts and Subject Files This series contains research and correspondence related to published and unpublished manuscripts. This includes correspondence and documents related to the monograph Simulation of Infectious Disease Epidemics. The subject files contain resource materials for computer programs and other academic work as well as documents related to the grant, Simulation Pre Resource for Stochastic Population Models.

Meetings This series comprises meetings attended by Ackerman between 1963 and 1990, arranged alphabetically by city.

Personal Papers This series contains personal writings and correspondence as well as diplomas and educational certificates. Of note is “Ego States and Religious Views,” a 1984 collection of essays, and high school poetry published in The Adelphian, a student publication of the Adelphi Academy in Brooklyn, New York.


  • 1939-1991
  • Majority of material found in 1960s-1980s

Language of Materials

Collection material in English

Use of Materials

Items in this collection do not circulate and may be used in-house only.


Researchers may quote from the collection under the fair use provision of the copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code). Requests to publish should be arranged with the University of Minnesota Archives.

Biographical Sketch

Eugene Ackerman was born in Brooklyn, NY July 8, 1920. He received a BA from Swarthmore College in 1941, ScM from Brown University in 1943, and a PhD in Biophysics from the University of Wisconsin in 1949. He was hired as an assistant professor of physics at Pennsylvania State University in 1951 and ultimately promoted to full professor. In 1960, Ackerman joined the department of Biophysics at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine as an associate professor. He was promoted to full professor in 1965, and remained with the Mayo School of Medicine until 1967. In 1968, he was named professor of biomedical computing and biometrics in the College of Medical Science at the University of Minnesota. In 1968, he began serving as director of the Division of Health Computer Sciences, a position he held until 1978. In 1979, Dr. Ackerman was named director of the graduate program in Biophysical Science.

Dr. Ackerman also served as the editor of the Biophysical Journalfrom 1983-1987, and was active in many professional organizations, including the Association of Computing Machinary, the New York Academy of Science, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Sigma Xi, the American Physiological Society, the Biophysical Society, and was elected a fellow at the American Institute of Medical Informatics.

Considered a pioneer in the field of health informatics, Dr. Ackerman wrote one of the first and longest-funded grants in the nascent health computing field in the early 1960s. The project funded the core of the University's Biomedical Computing Facility, which in turned served researchers working on modeling projects in ultrasonic behavior of cells, enzyme kinetics, blood glucose regulation and patterns of infectious disease epidemics.

Dr,. Ackerman retired from the University of Minnesota, where he was honored as Professor Emeritus of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, in 1991. He died in October, 2014.


12.5 Cubic Feet


Collections contains the teaching and research materials of Eugene Ackerman, professor emeritus of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology.

Source of acquisition

Materials transferred to University Archives in 2013 by Lael Gatewood.

Related Materials in University Archives

Medical School Records

Processing Information

Collection processed as part of the Health Sciences project 2017-2018.

Eugene Ackerman Papers, 1939-1991
Susan Hoffman
November 2014
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Finding aid written in English

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