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AAAS Member Arthur Upton, Expert in Radiation Effects on Human Health, Dead at 91

AAAS member Dr. Arthur Canfield Upton died on February 14. He was 91. Upton was internationally recognized for his research on the health effects of ionizing radiation and other hazardous environmental agents.

Born on February 27, 1923, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he spent his childhood, he graduated from Phillips Academy, Andover, MA, and, subsequently, from the University of Michigan (UM), from which he received both his bachelor's and medical degrees (1944 and 1946 respectively).

Following his internship in medicine and residency in pathology at UM, he entered the field of experimental pathology, serving successively as Chief of the Pathology-Physiology Section of the Biology Division of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (1954-1969), Professor of Pathology, State University of New York at Stony Brook (1969-1977), Dean, School of Basic Health Sciences, State University of New York at Stony Brook (1970-1975), Director, National Cancer Institute (1977-1980), Professor of Environmental Medicine and Director of the Institute of Environmental Medicine, New York University School of Medicine (1980-1992), Clinical Professor of Pathology and Radiology, University of New Mexico School of Medicine (1992-1995), and as Clinical Professor of Environmental and Community Medicine, The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-Robert Wood Johnson Medical school.

In the course of his career, Dr. Upton published nearly 400 articles, books and technical reports on the health effects of ionizing radiation and other hazardous environmental agents. He held leadership positions on national and international professional organizations concerned with the prevention and medical management of such effects, serving as President of the American Association for Cancer Research, the American Society for Experimental Pathology, the Radiation Research Society, and the International Association for Radiation Research.

In recognition of his contributions, he was elected to the Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, and received many other honors, including the E.O. Lawrence Award, the Lovelace Medical Foundation Award for Excellence in Environmental Research, Honorary Membership in the Peruvian Oncology Society, the Japanese Cancer Association, the New York Academy of Sciences, and the American Registry of Pathology, and the Distinguished Achievement Award of the Society for Risk Analysis. -- By Melissa P. Upton