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Elwood Vernon Jensen

academic and director of research

Elwood JENSEN, American academic and director of research. numerous awards and prizes. research advisory bd. Clinical Research Institute, Montreal since 1987; N.A.S. (member Council 1981-1984), American Academy, of Arts and Sciences.


Jensen, Elwood Vernon was born on January 13, 1920 in Fargo, North Dakota, United States. Son of Eli A. and Vera (Morris) Jensen.


AB, Wittenberg University, 1940. Doctor of Science (honorary), Wittenberg University, 1963. Doctor of Philosophy, University Chicago, 1944.

Doctor of Science (honorary), Acadia University, 1976. Doctor of Science (honorary), Medical College Ohio, 1991. Doctor of Medicine (honorary), University Hamburg, 1994.

Doctor of Medicine (honorary), University Athens, 2005.


Faculty University Chicago, 1947-1990, associate professor biochemistry Ben May Institute Cancer Research, 1954-1960, professor, 1960-1963, American Cancer Society research professor physiology, 1963-1969, director Ben May Institute, 1969-1982, director biomedical Center Population Research, 1972-1975, professor physiology, 1969-1973, 77-84, professor biophysics, 1973-1984, professor biochemistry, 1980-1990, Charles B. Huggins distinguished service professor, 1981-1990, emeritus professor, since 1990. Research director Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, 1983-1987. Scholar-in-residence Fogarty International Center National Institutes of Health, 1988, Cornell University Medical College, 1990-1991.

Professor Institute for Hormone and Fertility Research University Hamburg, Germany, 1992—1997. Advisory council, General Motors Cancer Research Foundation. Nobel visiting professor Karolinska Institute, Huddinge, Sweden, 1998, STINT visiting scientist, 1998-1999, professor emeritus, 1999-2001.

John and Gladys Strauss chair for cancer research University Cincinnati, 2002-2003, George and Elizabeth Wile chair in cancer research and distinguished professor, since 2004. Visiting scientist National Institute of Child Health and Human Development /National Institutes of Health, 2001. Visiting professor Max-Planck-Institute for Biochemie, Munich, 1958.

Chemotherapy review board National Cancer Institute, 1960-1962, board science counselors, 1969-1972. Member National Advisory Council Child Health and Human Development, 1976-1980. Advisory committee biochemistry and chemical carcinogenesis American Cancer Society, 1968-1972, council for research and clinical investigation, 1974-1977.

Member assembly life science National Research Council, 1975-1978. Committee on science, engineering public policy National Academy of Sciences, 1981-1982. Research advisory board Clinical Research Institute of Montreal, 1987-1996, Klinik for Tumor Biologie, Freiburg, 1993-2002, Strang Cancer Prevention Center, 1994-1998.

Consultant Rockefeller University Hospital, 1990-1992. International advisory board Fundazione Giovanni Lorenzini, Milan, since 2001.


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Member National Academy of Sciences (council 1981-1984), American Association for the Advancement of Science (Amory prize 1977), American Society Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, American Chemical Society, American Association Cancer Research (G.H.A. Clowes award 1975, Dorothy P. Landon prize 2002), Endocrine Society (president 1980-1981), American Gyn/Ob Society (honorary), St. Paul Surgical Society (honorary), European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer Receptor and Biomarker Group (honorary), Honorable Order Kentucky Colonels.


  • Other Interests

    Tennis, squash, riding.


Married Mary Welmoth Collette, June 17, 1941 (deceased November 1982). Children: Karen Collette, Thomas Eli. Married Hiltrud Herborg, December 21, 1983.

Eli A. Jensen

Vera (Morris) Jensen

Mary Welmoth Collette

Hiltrud Herborg

Karen Collette Jensen

Thomas Eli Jensen