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Harry Fitch Klinefelter, Jr. (March 20, 1912-February 20, 1990[1]) was an American endocrinologist. Klinefelter's syndrome is named after him.


Early life and educationEdit

Harry Fitch Klinefelter, Jr. was born March 20, 1912. He studied at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville before entering Johns Hopkins Medical School, where he graduated in 1937. He trained in internal medicine at the Johns Hopkins Hospital and spent a the year 1941-1942 working as a graduate assistant with Fuller Albright at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard. Klinefelter then returned in 1943 to Johns Hopkins Medical School.


Klinefelter served in the armed forces from 1943 to 1946 and thereafter returned to Baltimore, becoming associate professor of medicine in 1966. He had a life-long interest in rheumatology and he has occupied senior positions on committees concerned with that specialty. His two other major fields of interest were endocrinology and the medical management of [[]]alcoholism.

Klinefelter considered the syndrome named after him another of Albright’s discoveries and describes the way it came about as follows - whilst a traveling fellow at Harvard from Johns Hopkins he initially worked with Howard Means, on a study of oxygen consumption of the adrenal cortex using a Warburg apparatus.

Death and afterwardEdit

Klinefelter died February 20, 1990.


  1. Death date from SSDI.

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