Duke University, Durham, North Carolina 27708, United States
Between 1931 and 1933, Alton attended Duke University.
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In 1935, Blakeslee attained a Bachelor of Arts degree from Columbia University.
Between 1931 and 1933, Alton attended Duke University. Then, he continued his education at Columbia University, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1935.
In 1935, Alton began his career at the Journal Every Evening, in Wilmington, Delaware, as a reporter. Four years later, in 1939, he began his lengthy association with the Associated Press, first as staff member and news editor. Also, in 1939, he was appointed a journalist at the Associated Press in Baltimore and continued to hold this position until 1942, when he was assigned to the foreign news desk in New York City, a post he held till 1946.
During the period from 1946 till 1947, Blakeslee was attached as an associated press correspondent to the United States Navy Antarctic Expedition, led by Admiral Richard E. Byrd. Later, from 1969 until his retirement from the Associated Press in 1978, he held a post of a science editor in New York City. Between 1978 and 1984, Alton worked as a science writer at the American Cancer Society. In later years, Blakeslee taught science writing at the University of Missouri, Syracuse University and Columbia.
During his prolific career, Blakeslee covered scientific and medical breakthroughs, such as the discovery of the polio vaccine in the 1950's. He used his knowledge of both fields to write books, such as "Polio and the Salk Vaccine: What You Should Know about It", "The Heart Has Nine Lives: Nine Steps to Heart Health", "What You Can Do about Dangerous Drugs" and "What You Should Know about Drugs and Narcotics".
In addition, Alton served as a president of the National Association of Science Writers and was a co-founder of the American Tentative Society, as well as its president.
Alton was a fellow of the Rochester Museum of Arts and Sciences.
As a reporter, Blakeslee honed a terse style for translating complex subjects into everyday language, often with an engaging touch of humor.
Alton Lauren Blakeslee married Virginia Boulden on July 3, 1937. Their marriage produced two children — Dennis and Carolyn Sandra. Sandra is a regular contributor of science articles for The New York Times.