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Rosalyn Sussman Yalow


Rosalyn Sussman Yalow, American biophysicist.


Yalow, Rosalyn Sussman was born on July 19, 1921 in New York City. Daughter of Simon and Clara (Zipper) Sussman.


AB, Hunter College, 1941. Master of Science, University Illinois, Urbana, 1942. Doctor of Philosophy, University Illinois, Urbana, 1945.

Doctor of Science (honorary), University Illinois, Chicago, 1974. Doctor of Science (honorary), Philadelphia College Pharmacy and Science, 1976. Doctor of Science (honorary), New York Medical College, 1976.

Doctor of Science (honorary), Medical College Wisconsin, 1977. Doctor of Science (honorary), Yeshiva University, 1977. Doctor of Science (honorary), Southampton College, 1978.

Doctor of Science (honorary), Bucknell University, 1978. Doctor of Science (honorary), Princeton University, 1978. Doctor of Science (honorary), Jersey City State College, 1979.

Doctor of Science (honorary), Medical College Pennsylvania, 1979. Doctor of Science (honorary), Manhattan College, 1979. Doctor of Science (honorary), University Vermont, 1980.

Doctor of Science (honorary), University Hartford, 1980. Doctor of Science (honorary), Rutgers University, 1980. Doctor of Science (honorary), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1980.

Doctor of Science (honorary), Colgate University, 1981. Doctor of Science (honorary), University Southern California, 1981. Doctor of Science (honorary), Clarkson College, 1982.

Doctor of Science (honorary), University Miami, 1983. Doctor of Science (honorary), Washington University, St. Louis, 1983. Doctor of Science (honorary), Adelphi University, 1983.

Doctor of Science (honorary), University Alberta, 1983. Doctor of Science (honorary), State University of New York, 1984. Doctor of Science (honorary), Tel Aviv University, 1985.

Doctor of Science (honorary), Claremont University, 1986. Doctor of Science (honorary), Mills College, 1986. Doctor of Science (honorary), Cedar Crest College, 1988.

Doctor of Science (honorary), Drew University, 1988. Doctor of Science (honorary), Lehigh University, 1988. Doctor of Science (honorary), San Francisco State University, 1989.

Doctor of Science (honorary), Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, 1989. Doctor of Science (honorary), Medical College Ohio Toledo, 1991. Doctor of Science (honorary), Fairleigh Dickinson University, 1992.

Doctor of Science (honorary), Connecticut College, 1992. Doctor of Science (honorary), Smith College, 1994. Doctor of Science (honorary), Union College, 1994.

Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Hunter College, 1978. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Sacred Heart University, 1978. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), St. Michael's College, 1979.

Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Johns Hopkins University, 1979. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Columbia University, 1984. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), College St. Rose, 1988.

Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Spertus College Judaica, 1988. DHC (honorary), University Rosario, Argentina, 1980. DHC (honorary), University Ghent, Belgium, 1984.


Lecturer, assistant professor physics City University of New York Hunter College, 1946-1950. Physicist, assistant chief radioisotope service Veterans Administration Medical Center, Bronx, New York, 1950-1970, chief nuclear medicine, 1970-1980, acting chief radioisotope service, 1968-1970, senior medical investigator emeritus. Research professor Mount Sinai School Medicine, New York City, 1968-1974, distinguished service professor, 1974-1979, Solomon A. Berson distinguished professor-at-large.

Chairman department clinical science Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, 1980-1985. Distinguished professor-at-large Albert Einstein College Medical, Yeshiva University, 1979-1985, professor emeritus, 1986. Consultant Lenox Hill Hospital, New York City, 1956—1962, World Health Organization, Bombay, 1978.

Secretary United States National Committee on Medical Physics, 1963—1967. Member national committee Radiation Protection, subcommittee 13, 1957, President's Study Group on Careers for Women, 1966—1972. Senior medical investigator VA, 1972—1992, senior medical investigator emeritus, since 1992.


  • Co-editor: Hormone and Metabolic Research, 1973-1979. Editorial advisory council Acta Diabetologica Latina, 1975-1977, Encyclopedia Universalis, since 1978, editorial board Mount Sinai Journal Medicine, 1976-1979, Diabetes, 1976, Endocrinology, 1967-1972, contributor numerous articles to professional journals.


Board directors New York Diabetes Association, 1974. Fellow: Clinical Society New York Diabetes Association, American College Radiology (associate in physics), New York Academy of Sciences (chairman biophysics division 1964-1965). Member: National Academy of Sciences, American Physiological Society, Endocrine Society (president 1978, Kocn award 1972), Society Nuclear Medicine, Society Nuclear Medicine (honorary), American Gastroenterol.

Association (honorary), American College Nuclear Physicians (honorary), Harvey society (honorary), Medical Association Argentina (honorary), Diabetes Society Argentina (honorary), The New York Academy Medicine (honorary), New York Roentgen Society (honorary), Biophysics Society, American Association Physicists in Medicine, Radiation Research Society, American Physical Society, American Academy Arts and Sciences, Tau Beta Pi, Sigma Delta Epsilon, Pi Mu Epsilon, Sigma Pi Sigma, Sigma Xi, Phi Beta Kappa.


Married Aaron Yalow, June 6, 1943. Children: Benjamin, Elanna.

Simon Sussman

Clara (Zipper) Sussman

Aaron Yalow

Benjamin Yalow

Elanna Yalow