Kennedy Institute of Ethics History, May 2000
Staff of the Kennedy Institute of Ethics
In October 1971 Georgetown University President Robert J. Henle, S.J. announced a $1.35 million grant from The Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Foundation to establish the Joseph and Rose Kennedy Institute for the Study of Human Reproduction and Bioethics at Georgetown University. The press release for the event details ambitious plans for "Catholic, Protestant and Jewish religious thinkers [from the United States and abroad to] join social and physical scientists and physicians in the world's first institute organized to conduct coordinated research into the ethical and scientific aspects of human reproduction and development." Dr. Andre E. Hellegers, a Dutch obstetrician, gynecologist, and physiologist was appointed the first Director of the Institute. Guided by his vision, the Institute was organized into three centers: the Center for Bioethics, the Center for Population Research, and the Laboratories for Reproductive Biology.
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