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Zool. Lab.
In 1913, the comparative physiologist H.J.Jordan was appointed to the zoological laboratory at Utrecht to teach in animal physiology. Jordan marks the beginning of Comparative Physiology in the Netherlands. Not too early, when one considers that the Law on Higher Education of 1876 already demanded that PhD-candidates were also be trained in animal physiology.
Source: Visser-RPW 1984. De Utrechtse zo÷logie rond 1900: van morfologie naar vergelijkende fysiologie. Tsch. Gesch. Gnk. Natuurw. Wisk. Techn. 7(1), 49-59.
  • Image left: The Zoological Laboratory, before Statenkamer, former monastery of the Minderbroeders, Janskerkhof 3, Utrecht. Constructed in the 16th century. National monument nr 36154.







  • 1935 LABORATORY OF COMPARATIVE PHYSIOLOGY


    Rockefeller Lab.
    In 1935, Jordan gained a new laboratory with the help of the Rockefeller Foundation ($ 101,000) and the Dutch Government. A gem of a laboratory, with a left wing for chemical physiology, and a right wing for physical physiology. In the middle a lecture room with library. The address of Galenstraat Jan 40, Utrecht, became an international understanding. In 1989, the laboratory was demolished to make place for housing. The new location was the University Center 'De Uithof'.
  • Image left: Laboratory of Comparative Physiology (Collection Stichting De Traditie).
    Sources: Rockefeller Annual Report 1933 pp 220, 221, and 226.
    Fisher-Zaccagnini-R 2009. G.C.Bremer, Rijksbouwmeester, Stichting Bonas - Rotterdam, p 161 ff..







  • 1989 TRANSITORIUM 3 - H.R. KRUYT BUILDING - UNIVERSITY CENTER  'DE UITHOF'

    Transitorium 3
    The laboratory at the Jan van Galenstraat was relocated to the University Centre 'De Uithof' in two phases. The chemical wing moved in 1975 to Transitorium 3, now H.R.Kruyt building; a building designed for chemical research. The animal department, consisting of groups doing sensory, nerve, muscle, brain and behavior research, was distributed over 5 different locations in the University Center 'De Uithof' in 1989.
  • Image left: Transitorium 3 (photograph Wim Uilenbroek).







  • 2009, 2012 TERMINATION OF CHAIRS OF COMPARATIVE PHYSIOLOGY AT UTRECHT


    Rockefeller memorial

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    text:
    Dit Rijkslaboratorium werd, dank zij den steun
    .    .    .    .    .    van de Rockefeller Foundation,
    .    .    .    .    .    in de jaren 1934-1935 gesticht


    About 100 years after the appointment of the first professor of comparative physiology in the Netherlands, the discipline disappeared from Utrecht. One of the causes was the Netherlands Experiments on Animals Act (12 January 1977, revisions 1998, 2014, 2018). This act severely hampers investigation of the biodiversity of vertebrate animals; even if small numbers are used. Housing and working successfully with non-farm animals and non-pets in a laboratory environment is already problematic. The Experiments on Animals Act represents another, bureaucratic, handicap. The temporal, non-tenure, positions of the investigators, the absence of housing facilities, and the lack of earning capacity, led to the disappearance of the discipline of Comparative Physiology at Utrecht.
  • Image: Memorial stone of the support of the Rockefeller Foundation to the construction of the Laboratory on the Jan van Galenstraat. The stone is now placed at the head of the South wing, 3rd floor, H.R.Kruyt Building, at Utrecht. Text translated: This state laboratory was built in the years 1934-1935, thanks to the support of the Rockefeller Foundation.








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