Our Founder

Our Founder


Dr. Robert A. Hingson grew up with an interest in health and caring for others. He attended the University of Alabama, receiving the degree of Bachelor of Arts in 1935, and then entered the Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia where he received a Doctor of Medicine degree in 1938. Following his studies, he pursued a career in the field of anesthesiology. . Hingson’s innovative efforts led to three monumental inventions and methods that continue to relieve pain and suffering worldwide today. He invented a portable respirator anesthesia gas machine and resuscitator called the Western Reserve Midget. This machine is highly transportable and allows for the delivery of a short-term, general anesthetic. He also performed extensive experiments in the use of anesthesia to prevent pain during childbirth. These efforts won international recognition and led to the invention of the continuous caudal anesthesia techniques. . Hingson is best known in the public health field for his jet injector, a tool that has enabled efficient, mass, needle-less inoculation worldwide against such diseases as smallpox, measles, tuberculosis, tetanus, leprosy, poliomyelitis, and influenza. The “peace gun,” as it is known, allows the inoculation of 1,000 persons per hour with several simultaneous vaccines.

Dr. Robert A. Hingson grew up with an interest in health and caring for others. He attended the University of Alabama, receiving the degree of Bachelor of Arts in 1935, and then entered the Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia where he received a Doctor of Medicine degree in 1938. Following his studies, he pursued a career in the field of anesthesiology. . Hingson’s innovative efforts led to three monumental inventions and methods that continue to relieve pain and suffering worldwide today. He invented a portable respirator anesthesia gas machine and resuscitator called the Western Reserve Midget. This machine is highly transportable and allows for the delivery of a short-term, general anesthetic. He also performed extensive experiments in the use of anesthesia to prevent pain during childbirth. These efforts won international recognition and led to the invention of the continuous caudal anesthesia techniques. . Hingson is best known in the public health field for his jet injector, a tool that has enabled efficient, mass, needle-less inoculation worldwide against such diseases as smallpox, measles, tuberculosis, tetanus, leprosy, poliomyelitis, and influenza. The “peace gun,” as it is known, allows the inoculation of 1,000 persons per hour with several simultaneous vaccines.

In His Own Words

In His Own Words


"I have given of my life to receive it back again more abundantly."
Dr. Robert Hingson
"I have given of my life to receive it back again more abundantly."
Dr. Robert Hingson

Starting Brother's Brother Foundation

Starting Brother's Brother Foundation


Dr. Hingson’s dedication to eliminating suffering is what led him, over the years, to organize and lead many thousands of medical service personnel to volunteer their services in developing countries, usually during their vacation time. To this end, . Hingson conducted a medical survey in 1958 which resulted in the founding of Brother’s Keeper, a volunteer, non-sectarian group dedicated to the purpose of linking America’s vast medical resources to global health care needs. Brother’s Keeper was dedicated primarily to providing immunizations in needy countries across the globe. In 1958 a Nigerian medical student protested that “We don’t need a keeper; we need a brother.” The point was taken and the organization’s name changed to “The Brother’s Brother Foundation” or BBF. From 1958 to 1980 the foundation immunized over 10 million people. Through Dr. Hingson’s leadership, BBF’s mission broadened to include other types of aid. When larger international agencies like the World Health Organization and Rotary International expanded their support of immunization programs, BBF focused increasingly on other sorts of assistance such as donating medical supplies and equipment and educational materials.
Dr. Hingson’s dedication to eliminating suffering is what led him, over the years, to organize and lead many thousands of medical service personnel to volunteer their services in developing countries, usually during their vacation time. To this end, . Hingson conducted a medical survey in 1958 which resulted in the founding of Brother’s Keeper, a volunteer, non-sectarian group dedicated to the purpose of linking America’s vast medical resources to global health care needs. Brother’s Keeper was dedicated primarily to providing immunizations in needy countries across the globe. In 1958 a Nigerian medical student protested that “We don’t need a keeper; we need a brother.” The point was taken and the organization’s name changed to “The Brother’s Brother Foundation” or BBF. From 1958 to 1980 the foundation immunized over 10 million people. Through Dr. Hingson’s leadership, BBF’s mission broadened to include other types of aid. When larger international agencies like the World Health Organization and Rotary International expanded their support of immunization programs, BBF focused increasingly on other sorts of assistance such as donating medical supplies and equipment and educational materials.

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