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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.


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.


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  • Other Work

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


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.

Axel Elof Carlson

Ida Charlotte (Vogel) Carlson

Helen Zuckerman

Nedra Ann Miller

Claudia Carlson

Christina Carlson

Erica Carlson

John Carlson

Anders Carlson