Papers of Benjamin W. Zweifach, pioneering researcher in the field of microcirculation
and co-founder of the Bioengineering Department at the University of California, San
Diego. Zweifach served as professor of bioengineering at UCSD from 1966-1981 and was
designated emeritus professor of bioengineering in 1981. His areas of specialization
included cardiovascular physiology, the lymphatic system, the inflammatory process,
blood-tissue exchange, shock, blood rheology, and the contribution of endothelial cells
and the blood leukocytes to the microcirculatory imbalance in hypertension and diabetes.
The papers include correspondence, writings and original research by Zweifach, writings
by others annotated by Zweifach, and photographs, slides and films related to Zweifach's
life and research. The papers are arranged in eleven series: 1) BIOGRAPHICAL MATERIALS,
2) CORRESPONDENCE, 3) WRITINGS AND RESEARCH, 4) WRITINGS BY OTHERS, 5) TEACHING
MATERIALS, 6) SUBJECT FILES, 7) CONFERENCES AND MEETINGS, 8) PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS,
9) PHOTOGRAPHS, SLIDES, AND FILMS, 10) MISCELLANEOUS MATERIALS, and 11) ORIGINALS OF
Born in New York City to Eastern European immigrants in 1911, Benjamin W. Zweifach
received a B.S. degree in biology in 1931 from the College of the City of New York and a
Ph.D. in cellular physiology from New York University Medical College in 1936. His first
publications were some of the earliest micromanipulative studies of the capillary blood
vessels in living tissue. Beginning with these studies, Zweifach devoted his career to
the study of the smallest blood vessels in the circulation system.
Letters of recommendation located in box 1, folder 34 are restricted until 2077 in
accordance with state and federal laws. Originals films located in boxes 20-22 are
restricted. Researchers must request user copies.