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Paul Teschan

Science Talent Search – 1942

About Paul Teschan

Paul Teschan is a nephrologist and professor emeritus of medicine. While serving in the army as a doctor and medical researcher, Teschan became an expert in kidney failure and pioneered the use of prophylactic daily dialysis. He set up the first dialysis unit at Walter Reed Medical Center and later became the center’s chief of medicine and chair of nephrology. He also commanded on-the-ground medical units in the Korean War and Vietnam War. After retiring from the military in 1969, Teschan continued his medical research as a professor at Vanderbilt University until 1983. He was awarded the Top Boy prize at the first-ever STS in 1942.

Notable Alumni - Paul Teschan

Science Talent Search 1942

Paul Teschan compares notes with Watson Davis and fellow finalist Marina Meyers at the 1942 STS competition. Teschan and Meyers were awarded the two top prizes for their essays about how science could help win World War II.

Notable Alumni - Paul Teschan

STS Memorabilia

Teschan has remained involved with the Society as an alumnus. After the 1942 STS, he sent these photographs he took during the competition to Science Service (now called Society for Science). Expand the image.

Teschan photographed in his lab at the Walter Reed Medical Center in 1966. He wrote over 150 articles on the kidney.

Notable Alumni - Paul Teschan

Generation to Generation

Teschan in 2012 talking with Mary Masterson, top winner of the 2007 STS.

Notable Alumni - Paul Teschan
John Russell / Vanderbilt University