Harris, Chapin Aaron, 1806–60, American dentist, b. Pompey, N.Y. One of the founders of dentistry as a profession, he was the author of The Dental Art (1839; later called Principles and Practice of Dental Surgery ) and Dictionary of Dental Science (1849) and founder (1840) of the first dental school—the Baltimore College of Dental Surgery (now part of the Univ. of Maryland). He also founded the American Journal of Dental Science (1839) and helped to organize the American Society of Dental Surgeons (1840).
The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright © 2012, Columbia University Press. All rights reserved.