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Alles, Gordon Albert



  • Existence: 1901 - 1963

Gordon Alles’ major research interest was the relation between the chemical constitution and physiological actions of compounds acting as stimulants or inhibitors of the central or peripheral nervous systems. This included a 1939 study in conjunction with Arie Haagen-Smit of Caltech on the physiological effects of cannabis. During the 1940s Alles worked in the field of anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-amebic agents. He is best known for discovering the physiological properties of benzedrine and helping to isolate insulin. In addition to maintaining his academic affiliations, Alles served as a research associate to Smith, Kline & French Laboratories from 1934-1952, and he established his own research laboratories in Pasadena in 1940.

Lecturer in Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, University of California, San Francisco; Research Professor of Pharmacology, UCLA; Caltech Research Associate in Biology, 1939-1963; Caltech alumnus (BS, 1922; MS, 1924; PhD, 1926).

Found in 3 Collections and/or Records:

Gordon Alles Papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 10095-MS
Scope and Contents These papers relate mostly to a long-standing patent dispute between Gordon Alles, George Piness, and Smith, Kline and French Laboratories over the manufacturing rights to medical agents, including benzedrine salts and phenyl-isopropylamine salts. There is also a small amount of Caltech-related material on the Gordon A. Alles Laboratory of Molecular Biology, biographical and bibliographical material, miscellaneous correspondence, material related to wartime research, and a complete set of Alles...
Dates: 1927 - 1974

Gordon Alles Photo

Identifier: 1988-00026