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The School of Medicine, Harvard University

Registration number 20060927V

This certifies that the heraldic arms of The School of Medicine, Harvard University are registered as an original design and are described by the blazon below

Arms: Gules a lion rampant Argent, on a chief Gules sustained compony Or and Azure three open books Argent, edges, covers, and clasps Or, on the books the letters VE RI TAS Sable.


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Harvard modified these arms. Previously the chief was divided per fess with a checky base in the chief.

Design rational

The seal of the Medical School draws from the arms of the family of Dr. John Warren, the earliest advocate for a medical school at Harvard, and one of the school’s first professors. The seal displays a rampant lion from the Warren arms and the chief of Harvard (a red upper compartment charged with the three open books inscribed with VE RI TAS from the University arms).

The seals of the Medical School, School of Dental Medicine, and School of Public Health were designed by Pierre de Chaignon la Rose (class of 1895 ) on the occasion of the University’s tercentenary in 1936. He worked with the University historian, Samuel Eliot Morison, and others, to design the seals, based upon the arms of the University and the arms of each school’s founders, the tradition practiced by the Colleges of Oxford and Cambridge Universities.

Registered by

Michael Swanson


Education, US, M, H

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