Established in 2004 in honor of William H. Gates, Sr.

WILLIAM H. GATES SR. was a founding partner at Preston Gates & Ellis, and served as president of both the Seattle/King County Bar Association and the Washington State Bar Association. He has been a member of the University of Washington's board of regents since 1997. In 1994 he became director of the William H. Gates Foundation, which merged in 2000 with the Gates Learning Foundation to create the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The Seattle-based foundation has an endowment of approximately $36 billion through the personal generosity of his son, Bill, founder of Microsoft, and daughter-in-law Melinda Gates. At the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the Gates Foundation has established the Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health. (Pictured, left to right: Robert Blum, William Gates, and William Brody, taken at dedication.)


ROBERT WM. BLUM, the inaugural holder of the William H. Gates Sr. Chair in Population and Family Health Sciences, is a leading authority in adolescent health. He joined the Bloomberg School of Public Health in January 2004 and heads the Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health. Dr. Blum was keynote speaker at the White House Conference on Youth in May 2000, and has been honored by the American Public Health Association with the Needleman Award. In 1993 he was the recipient of the Society of Adolescent Medicine's Outstanding Achievement Award. In July 2007, Dr. Blum was named director of the Johns Hopkins Urban Health Institute. He is a past-president of the Society for Adolescent Medicine, has served on the American Board of Pediatrics, was a charter member of the sub-board of Adolescent Medicine, is a past chair of the Alan Guttmacher Institute Board of Directors, and served as chair of the National Academy of Sciences' Committee on Adolescent Health and Development. In 2006, the National Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Medicine elected Dr. Blum into membership.

His research interests include adolescent sexuality, chronic illness, and international adolescent health care issues.