University of Chicago

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The University of Chicago is located in the neighborhood of Hyde Park on Chicago's South Side. It features numerous prestigious programs, including a highly regarded undergraduate college. The university was founded in 1890 by the American Baptist Education Society and Standard Oil magnate John D. Rockefeller; who later described it as "the best investment I ever made." Although founded in part by the Baptist church, the university has remained strictly secular. The university's Hyde Park property was donated by Marshall Field, owner of the Chicago department store that bears his name. [1]

Overview & history

In the early half of the 20th century, petrochemical giants organized a coup on the medical research facilities, hospitals and universities. The Rockefeller family sponsored research and donated sums to universities and medical schools which had drug based research. They further extended this policy to foreign universities and medical schools where research was drug based through their "International Education Board". Establishments and research which were were not drug based were refused funding and soon dissolved in favor of the lucrative pharmaceutical industry. [2]

The Rockefeller Foundation was originally set up in 1904 as the General Education Fund. The RF was later formed in 1910 and issued a charter in 1913 with the help of Rockefeller millions. Subsequently, the foundation placed it's own "nominees" in federal health agencies and set the stage for the "reeducation" of the public. [3] See also Rockefeller Foundation.

The Baptists established a School of Divinity within the university. The school remained a mainstay throughout the Jim Crow era, as Baptists provided absolution for leaders enforcing segregation laws and laymen committing violence against African Americans. In 1942, faculty ignited the world's first anthropogenically initiated nuclear reaction under the bleachers in the football field, sparking the nuclear age. The university also provided enriched uranium for the Manhattan Project and for the two atomic bombs used against Japanese civilians. [4] Since the 1940s, the university has become an academic powerhouse. It has accumulated more nobel laureates than any other American institution. Its physics, mathematics, sociology and economics departments are particularly influential. Several leading conservative economists of the 20th century; including Milton Friedman, Friedrich Hayek and Richard Posner have taught or teach there. Current faculty includes John Mearshimer, Mark Hansen (Political Science); Milton Friedman, Gary Becker, Stephen Levitt, Robert Fogel (Economics), Richard Posner (Law), James Redfield (Classics), JM Coetzee and David Bevington (English).

Animal testing

The University of Chicago does animal testing.

Facility information, progress reports & USDA-APHIS reports

This facility performed animal experiments involving pain or distress but no analgesics, anesthetics or pain relievers were administered. For copies of this facility's U.S. Department of Agriculture-Animal Plant Health Inspection (APHIS) reports, other information and links, see also Facility Reports and Information: University of Chicago, Chicago, IL. [5]

USDA AWA reports

As of May 26, 2009, the USDA began posting all inspection reports for animal breeders, dealers, exhibitors, handlers, research facilities and animal carriers by state. See also USDA Animal Welfare Inspection Reports.

Faculty & board

Alumni & former/current faculty

Board of trustees


5801 South Ellis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637
Phone: 773-702-1234

Web address:

Articles & sources

Sourcewatch articles


  1. A brief history of the University of Chicago, University of Chicago News Office, accessed December 2009
  2. Ivan Fraser, Mark Beeston The Pharmaceutical Racket, Biblioteca Plaeyades, accessed April 2010
  3. Hans Reusch The Truth About the Rockefeller Drug Empire: The Drug Story, CIVIS Foundation Report number 15, Fall-Winter 1993
  4. Centennial Catalogues: Science & Medicine, University of Chicago, accessed December 2009
  5. Facility Reports and Information: University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, Stop Animal Exploitation NOW!, accessed October 2009
  6. Trustees of the University, University of Chicago, accessed September 16, 2009.

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