Franklyn Knox

Franklyn G. Knox

Franklyn G. Knox was born in Rochester, New York, and completed all his professional education at the now State University of New York at Buffalo. He received the B.S. degree in 1959 and the M.D. and Ph.D. degrees in 1965. The last of these represented training in the Department of Physiology and led to a position as staff associate at the National Heart Institute (1965-68). From there he moved to the University of Missouri, where he was promoted to an associate professorship in the Department of Physiology in 1970. The following year he joined the faculty of the newly organized Mayo Medical School. He became professor of physiology and of medicine and also chairman of the Department of Physiology and Biophysics in 1974. For five years (1978-1983) he was also the Associate Director of Graduate Education: Research Training and Degree Programs of the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine. In 1983 he moved a step higher to become dean of the Mayo Medical School and Director for Education for the Mayo Foundation. Knox has written of his education, training, and faculty positions:

"My decision to become a physiologists was preceded by my decision to have a research career. As an undergraduate student working in Gerhard Levy's laboratory in Buffalo, I was impressed by the power of the scientific method to make contributions to society. Subsequently I applied to medical school with the objective of further training toward a research career. It wasn't until I did summer research as a medical student in Donald Rennie's laboratory in the Department of Physiology that I began to consider a career as a physiologist. Consideration of this career track led to the development of an M.D./Ph.D. program. The Department of Physiology at Buffalo was under the leadership of Hermann Rahn and was noted for its particular strengths in respiratory physiology. With Rennie's interest in the kidney, it was natural that my thesis should be in the area of the respiration of the kidney. Rennie served as a role model for the kind of career that I envisioned in research and teaching in physiology."

For more about Dr. Knox please see the Biography and Selected Publications below.