George Speri Sperti
1943 Mendel Medal Recipient



George Speri Sperti was born January 17, 1900, in Covington, Kentucky, the son of George and Carolina (Speri) Sperti. He was educated in the public schools of Covington and at the University of Cincinnati from which he received his Electrical Engineering Degree in 1923.

He was awarded the Baldwin Fellowship 1923-1925, the Rockefeller Foundation Travelling Fellowship 1930-1931, the National Research Council Fellowship 1929-1931, and was a Fellow of the Graduate School of the University of Cincinnati from 1930-1935.

Dr. Sperti was co-founder of the Basic Science Research Laboratory of the University of Cincinnati and from 1925-1935 served as Research Professor and Director of Research at that institution.

In 1935 he co-founded the Institutum Divi-Thomae of the Athenaeum of Ohio and he has been Research Professor and Director of the Institution and its affiliated laboratories since that time.

Dr. Sperti has contributed to the advancement of science in diversified fields of research. He is the inventor of a K-va and polyphase power-factor meter which has formed the basis of modern power measurements. In the field of illumination he has developed a line of therapeutic lamps based on his inventions in the field of gaseous discharges and on his work with selective irradiation. Other Sperti developments with selective irradiation include methods for sterilization of food products, endowment of food products with anti-rachitic properties, sterilization of enzymes and the detoxification of vaccines, tenderization of meat and similar products. He has also made fundamental contributions to the field of fluorescent lighting. Dr. Sperti is the discoverer of a new family of biological substances termed Biodynes which regulate cell metabolism. He is responsible for the devlopment of a new wound healing ointment that is being used extensively on major burns. Most of his research career has been devoted to the study of the problem of the cause and cure of cancer and he has made many significant contributions in this field.

He was editor and co-author of the "Bulletin of Basic Science Research" from 1923 to 1935, and is a co-author of "Correlated Investigations in the Basic Sciences" and the "Quantum Theory in Biology." At the present time, he is Editor-in-Chief of "Studies of the Institutum Divi Thomae."

Dr. Sperti is a member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences.

Mendel Medal Presentation Program, May 16, 1943. Villanova College, Villanova Pennsylvania.





Sperti, George Speri, research scientist; born in Covington, Kentucky, January 17, 1900; son of George Sperti and Caroline (Speri) Sperti. E.E., University of Cincinatti, 1923; D.Sc. (hon.), Dayton University, 1934, Duquesne University, 1936, Bryant College, 1957, Thomas More college, 1975, Xavier University 1978; L.H.D. (hon), Caldwell College, 1974. Assistant chief Meter Labs., U.G.&E., Cincinatti, 1922; assistant reserach director Duncan Electric and Mfg. Co., Lafayette, 1923; research assistant University of Cincinatti, 1924-1925, research professional and director of research (also co-founder) Basic Scientific Research Laboratory, 1925-1935; board of directors General Development Laboratories, Inc., New York City , 1930-1935; board of directors Sperti Lamp Corporation, 1930-1940, director, 1935; research professor, director of research trustee, board of regents, president St. Thomas Institute; principal consultant War Prodution Board, 1942; diretor Franklin Corporation. Author: Probiotics, 1971; co-autor: Quantum Theory in Biology, 1927, correlated Investigations in the Basic Sciences; editor: Studies Institute Divi Thomae. Holder of 120 patents. Founding member American Society for Aged, member Medical and Scientific Com.; board of directors American Council for International Promotion of Democracy under God Inc., 1959. Recipient Catholic Action medal, 1942; Mendal medal, 1943; Christian Culture award, 1947; Star of Solidarity Third Class of the Italian Republic, 1956; Gold Medal University International delgi Studi Sociali "Pro Deo," 1958; William Howard taft award, 1970; honor Scroll Ohio Institute of Chemistry, 1983. Member Pontifical Academy of Science, AAAS, American Physics Soceity, Royal Society of Arts (London), Emeritus Hall; honorary member Societa Italiana de Fisica; member Academie International de Philosophie des Sciences, (Brussels), Engineering Soceity of Cincinatti, Academia de Doctores (Madrid). Home: Cincinatti Ohio Died April 29,1991.

Who Was Who in America. Volume X, 1989-1993. Chicago: Marquis Who's Who, 1993, p.342.