University of Rochester

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Group.png University of Rochester  
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Type• Private
• nonsectarian
• research
Other nameYellowjackets
Private research university in Rochester, New York. Participated in MK Ultra and other similar research.

The University of Rochester (UR) is a private research university in Rochester, New York.[1] The university grants undergraduate and graduate degrees, including doctoral and professional degrees.

The University of Rochester enrolls approximately 6,800 undergraduates and 5,000 graduate students. Its 158 buildings house over 200 academic majors. According to the National Science Foundation, Rochester spent $370 million on research and development in 2018, ranking it 68th in the nation.[2][3]

In its history, university alumni and faculty have earned 13 Nobel Prizes, 13 Pulitzer Prizes, 45 Grammy Awards, 20 Guggenheim Fellowships, 2 MacArthur Fellowships, and 4 Rhodes Scholarship.


The College of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering is home to departments and divisions of note. The Institute of Optics was founded in 1929 through a grant from Eastman Kodak and Bausch and Lomb as the first educational program in the US devoted exclusively to optics, awards approximately half of all optics degrees nationwide,[4] and is widely regarded as the premier optics program in the nation, and among the best in the world. The Departments of Political Science and Economics have made a significant and consistent impact on positivist social science since the 1960s,[5][6] and historically rank in the top 5 in their fields.[7] The Department of Chemistry is noted for its contributions to synthetic organic chemistry, including the first lab based synthesis of morphine.[8] The university is also home to Rochester's Laboratory for Laser Energetics, a US Department of Energy supported national laboratory.[9]

Radioactivity experiments

Between 1946 and 1947, in infamous uranium experiments researchers at the university injected uranium-234 and uranium-235 into people to study how much uranium their kidneys could tolerate before becoming damaged.[10] UR research teams prepared an experimental plan for injecting human subjects with radioisotopes and following up the injections with the collection of tissue, urine, and stool samples. Researchers used the codeword "product" for "plutonium" in all communications and documents. The human subjects had code numbers preceded by the letters "HP" -- for "Human Product."[11]

UR researchers also injected or fed radium, polonium, uranium and lead to human subjects. The uranium experiments at Strong were explicitly designed to harm the subjects. The researchers stated in a 1948 report that the experiments were "designed to find the dose of a soluble uranium salt that when introduced intravenously would produce a just detectable renal injury..."[11]

Besides these experiments, there were other dangerous experiments at UR's Strong Memorial Hospital that involved children. In 1963, a UR researcher under an Atomic Energy contract studied the intake of iodine-131 in children, including a six-year-old, who were given milk from a cow that had been fed the element. While iodine concentrates in the human thyroid gland and is essential to human health, its unstable form, known as I-131, has four extra neutrons, is radioactive, and can alter the DNA gene code or cause cancer. One of the children involved in the UR I-131 experiment subsequently developed thyroid cancer.[11]

MK Ultra

UR psychology chairman Richard Wendt, who served on 25 national defense committees, participated in Operation Chatter, an MK ULTRA program designed to find methods of eliminating free will in others. The CIA was particularly interested in finding a "truth serum" that would make subjects dependent on their interrogators. [11]

Using the Office of Naval Research as a front, the CIA funded Wendt's research under the guise of continuing his grant to study motion sickness. Wendt and his colleagues experimented on UR students in a testing facility in the university library attic. They observed the test subjects through a two-way mirror and took notes on their reactions. Wendt went to occupied West Germany in 1952 to test his substances on involuntary subjects who were defectors and double agents.[11]


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