Student Role Model and Pharmacy Pioneer Dies at 92

An influential pharmacist, Harry Hind graduated from pharmacy school more than 60 years ago – well before modern laboratories and research facilities made it easier to find solutions to common problems. That didn’t stop Hind. He never looked at an obstacle as a road block, he simply looked for a way around the problem. To his friends and family, he was an inventor and brilliant scientist. To pharmacy student who are exposed to his work, he’s more of an inspiration. As described by San Francisco Chronicle, Hinds was much more than a pharmacist:

San Francisco Chronicle – Harry Hind was born June 2, 1915, in Berkeley and raised in San Francisco, graduating from the High School of Commerce, now the headquarters for the San Francisco Unified School District.

In 1939, he graduated from the UC School of Pharmacy before UCSF existed. As a senior, he and a classmate developed the first device to read the pH of chemical solutions. The device serves as the model of all standardized pH meters used today.

Mary Anne Koda-Kimble, dean of UCSF’s School of Pharmacy, said Mr. Hind saw the problem with contact lenses – which at that time were used only for people who could not be corrected with glasses – and fixed it.

“When you applied drops into the eye, they stung, they burned and of course the medicine came right out. It wasn’t particularly effective,” she said, adding that he figured out how to take the sting out by maintaining the solution at the human pH level.

After graduation, Mr. Hind and classmate Clifford Barnes went on to found Barnes-Hind Prescription Pharmacy, with a specialty in ophthalmic prescriptions, and Barnes-Hind Pharmaceutical Laboratories, both in San Francisco.

The company’s next incarnation, Barnes-Hind Pharmaceuticals Inc., which was acquired by Revlon Corp. in 1976, produced one of the first pharmacological…. Read the story here.

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