The Camel Statue

Tell me about yourself, Camel, that I may know myself.

This is the inscription for the camel statue between the Biology Building and Gross Hall, featuring Dr. Knut Schmidt-Nielsen.  He was considered the father of comparative physiology and integrative biology, receiving the International Prize for Biology for his work studying the physiology of the camel’s nose.  Schmidt-Nielsen was known throughout his department for his high standards and charm, though it is reported that he was uncomfortable with the statue of himself.

Want to visit this Duke landmark?  Walk between the Cancer Center and the School of Medicine to Engineering.  Take a right and it’s a short walk across from the Bryan Center parking deck.

To learn more about Dr. Schimdt-Nielsen’s work, you can read his autobiography, The Camel’s Nose.