Samuel A. Talbot


Samuel A. Talbot
Samuel A. Talbot
Holderness, NH, USA
Death date
Associated organizations
Johns Hopkins University
Fields of study
Biomedical engineering


Dr. Samuel Talbot, head of Division, on the right, watching signals from the ballistocardiography bed - where Kirby Harrison (perhaps Dick Rogers) is the test subject (prostrate). Baltimore, MD, biophysical division of the dept. of Medicine, Medicine School, Johns Hopkins University, about 1960

Samuel A. Talbot (IRE Senior Member, 1961) was born in Holderness, New Hampshire, on 19 April 1903. He received the A.B. degree, in 1925, from Cornell University, Ithaca, New York; the M.S. degree, in 1931, from Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut; and the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in physics from Harvard University, in 1932 and 1938, respectively.

Talbot was a Master at the Loomis School, Windsor, Connecticut, from 1927 to 1930, and an Instructor and Tutor in Physics at Harvard, from 1930 to 1935. In 1935, he joined the staff of the Department of Ophthalmology, in Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, working on physiological optics, and in 1946, he was appointed Associate Professor of Medicine (biophysics). From 1942 to 1944, Talbot worked for the Office of Science Research and Development. His main fields of interest included electro- and ballistocardiography, circulatory biophysics, cardiovascular sound, and biophysical methods and measurements. In 1962, Talbot served as director of the P.H.S. Training Program in Bio-Medical Engineering at Johns Hopkins Medical School.

Talbot was a member of the Physiological Society, the Optical Society, the Society of Experimental Biology, the American Heart Association, the Hospital Physicists Society, the Biophysical Society (secretary), and the Visual Neurophysiology Society.

Further Reading

The Richard J. Johns Collection at Alan Mason Chesney Medical Archives, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions - Contains Talbot's two volumes of collected reprints