Category Archives: Early Science & Tech


1907: The New Cutting-Edge Power House at Johnson & Johnson

Margaret on February 20th, 2015 at 5:01PM

Today, the oldest building on the Johnson & Johnson New Brunswick campus – and the only one remaining from the days of our founders – is our museum building.  At first glance, the building may look like the steadfast, unchanging … Continue reading

The countless female scientists in the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies across the world are examples of the pioneering work that women in science do every day.  With so many necessary efforts underway to encourage girls and young women … Continue reading

As we celebrate Veterans Day in the U.S. and Remembrance Day elsewhere in the world, we salute the men and women who serve their countries. Johnson & Johnson has a long heritage of employees serving in the military, dating back … Continue reading


A Mystery Solved!

Margaret on June 27th, 2013 at 3:05PM

  Several posts ago, readers were introduced to a mysterious mystery item from Johnson & Johnson history. In fact, it was so mysterious that it even stumped the Company historian and the alert readers of this blog. But now the … Continue reading

In July of 1897, Fred Kilmer noted that “A leading drug journal recently treated editorially the whole practice of aseptic and antiseptic wound treatment as ” ‘a fad, practiced by cranks.’ ” “We may excuse the editor’s ignorance,” Kilmer wrote, … Continue reading


Fred Kilmer’s Working Vacation

Margaret on July 13th, 2012 at 12:16PM

While we generally think of benchmarking as a modern concept, it’s something that has been around for a long time. (The name has its origins in the horizontal markings surveyors chiseled into stone buildings centuries ago in Europe.)  For a … Continue reading


A Look Inside Modern Methods of Antiseptic Wound Treatment

Margaret on October 21st, 2011 at 4:12PM

Although it seems hard to believe today, as recently as the late 1800s the concept that surgery should be sterile was still facing an uphill battle.  Some people found it hard to believe that invisible “germs” (as they were called) … Continue reading


Science and Engineering

Margaret on March 31st, 2011 at 7:42PM

By the time Fred Kilmer wrote back to Sir Joseph Lister in 1891, he was able to describe in great detail the Company’s sterilization and manufacturing procedures – including our Aseptic Room, the steam sterilizers and the water filtration system.  … Continue reading


Pasteur to Lister to Johnson

Margaret on March 14th, 2011 at 6:05PM

When Johnson & Johnson founders Robert Wood Johnson, James Wood Johnson and Edward Mead Johnson were born in the mid-1800s, one of the most basic developments in science and medicine that we take for granted today — an understanding of … Continue reading


Fred Kilmer

Margaret on February 25th, 2011 at 4:20PM

In 1889, one of the most remarkable employees in the history of Johnson & Johnson arrived at our growing array of buildings as our new director of scientific affairs.  Just as the arrival of Robert Wood Johnson had created a whirlwind … Continue reading

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