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Timeline History of Research at the University of Utah

  • The University of Utah is founded as the University of Deseret
  • First published book. "A Primer and First Reader of Vocal Music" by Evan Stephans from the Department of Music.
  • First published paper. "Elementary Science in the Public Schools" by Henry Montgomery.
  • One of the first UU Research locations – Physical and Chemical Laboratory
  • The earliest UU patent - A prototype of a folding cot from researcher George Coray
  • NIH awards its first-ever research grant to Maxwell Wintrobe to study muscular dystrophy
  • The Office of Cooperative Research is established to promote UU research
  • The Office of Technology Transfer is established to assist faculty researchers with patents and technologies (now referred to as the Partners for Innovation, Ventures, Outreach & Technology (PIVOT) Center)
  • The Office of the Vice President for Research is established. The first VP for Research is William Partridge.
  • Research Park is developed
  • UU becomes the fourth node on the ARPANET that evolved into Internet and World Wide Web.
  • The University of Utah Research Foundation is founded.
  • The Utah Population Database is created.
  • The University of Utah Hospital performs the world’s first permanent artificial heart transplant.
  • The BRCA1 breast cancer gene is successfully cloned by UU researchers
  • UU reaches 100 spinout companies
  • Mario Capecchi receives the Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine for his research in gene targeting in mouse embryo-derived stem cells.
  • UU is recognized as #1 in Technology Commercialization
  • UU reaches over $500M in Sponsored Project Awards
  • UU joins the Association of American Universities
Last Updated: 6/18/21