1894 – Edward Francis graduated from Ohio State with a Bachelor of Science degree.
1897 – Graduated from the University of Cincinnati with an M.D.
– After an internship at Cincinnati General Hospital, he was commissioned Assistant Surgeon in the U.S. Marine Hospital Service (now the U.S. Public Health Service.)
1912 – He became a surgeon
1930 – Became the medical director.
– Francis traveled widely through the U.S. for the Public Health Service, performing duties in immigration, quarantine, hospitals, epidemics and scientific research.
– His main area of research was Tularemia (of which he is considered the principal investigator), but he worked on many other infectious diseases, four of which he contracted during his investigations: tularemia, brucellosis, psittacosis and relapsing fever. He recovered from all these infections.
1937 – Retired from being a medical director.