Jesse Francis McClendon (1880-1976)
November 22, 1976) was an American chemist, zoologist and physiologist. He is remembered today mainly for the first pH measurement of human stomach in situ.
Jesse F. McClendon made substantial contributions in a variety of fields, including invertebrate zoology, nutrition, life processes of cell membranes, the importance of pH control, the role of iodine in human health and specifically its relation to prevention of goiters.
In the early 1930s Jesse F. McClendon tested the healthfulness of hamburgers by putting a University of Minnesota medical student on only hamburgers and water diet for 13 weeks.
Jesse F. McClendon was born in Lanett, Alabama. First time he married in 1911 and had two children in this marriage. Second time McClendon married in 1936. He died on November 22, 1976 in Harleysville, Pennsylvania.
He completed his B.S. in 1903 and M.S. in 1904, both from the University of Texas. In 1903 he worked in University of Texas under Dr. William Morton Wheeler.
Then he received a Ph.D. in zoology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1906.
1907–1910: McClendon taught biology at Randolph-Macon College, then zoology at the University of Missouri.
1910–1914: McClendon was Assistant, Instructor in histology and embryology of the Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell Universit. He investigated frog blastomeres.