Hulka was born on September 29, 1930 in New York City. Following medical studies at Harvard College in Cambridge, he enrolled at Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons in NYC. He was an obstetrician and gynecologist at the School of Medicine at UNC from 1961 to 1996.
Hulka was a fighter for womens' rights 'from the get go', including the freedom to choose to reproduce. Furthermore, he was a founding member of the UNC Population Center, pioneer in obstetrics and gynecology, inventor of the Hulka Clip for sterilisation; he developed utensils, devices and methods for laparoscopic surgery, as well as contraceptive coils and other medical methods. His list of publications includes over 200 scientific works.
Hulka together with his wife and colleague Barbara Sorenson Hulka donated his collection of objects and medical equipment to our museum in the year 2005. His papers and documents are being held at the library of Duke University in North Carolina.