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Elof Axel Carlson

Elof Axel Carlson, American genetics educator. Recipient Harbison award Danforth Foundation, 1972; fellow Institute Advanced Study, Indiana University, 1986; scholar-at-large United Negro College Fund, Tougaloo, Mississippi, 1987.


  • Carlson, Elof Axel was born on July 15, 1931 in Brooklyn. Son of Axel Elof and Ida Charlotte (Vogel) Carlson.

  • Education

    • Bachelor, New York University, 1953. Doctor of Philosophy, Indiana University, 1958.


    • Lecturer Indiana University, Bloomington, 1958, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada, 1958-1960. Assistant professor University of California at Los Angeles, 1960-1964, associate professor, 1964-1968. Professor State University of New York, Stony Brook, 1968-1974, Distinguished Teaching professor, since 1974.

      Distinguished visiting professor San Diego State University, 1969, University Minnesota, 1974, University Utah, 1984, Tougaloo (Mississippi) College, 1987. Master Honors College, State University of New York, since 1988.


    • Author: The Gene: A Critical History, 1966, 89, Genes, Radiation and Society: The Life and Work of H.J. Muller, 1981, Human Genetics, 1984.


    Party affiliation: Democrat


    Denomination: Unitarian Universalist


    Member staff Lilly Endowment Workshop in the Liberal Arts, Colorado Springs, 1979-1994. Member advisory council Danforth Foundation, 1974-1979. Fellow American Association for the Advancement of Science.

    Member American Society Human Genetics, Genetics Society of America, History of Science Society.


    • Married Helen Zuckerman, September 1, 1954 (divorced 1958). 1 child, Claudia; married Nedra Ann Miller, March 28, 1959. Children: Christina, Erica, John, Anders.
    • father: Axel Elof Carlson
    • mother: Ida Charlotte (Vogel) Carlson
    • spouses: Helen Zuckerman
    • Nedra Ann Miller
    • children: Claudia Carlson
    • Christina Carlson
    • Erica Carlson
    • John Carlson
    • Anders Carlson
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    Born July 15, 1931
    • 1953
      New York University
    • 1958
      Indiana University
    • 1958 - 1960
      Lecturer, Indiana University
      Kingston, Jamaica
    • 1958
      Lecturer, Indiana University
      Bloomington, Illinois, United States
    • 1968 - 1974
      professor, State University of New York
      Stony Brook, New York, United States