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Sidney Farber, American physician. Recipient Great medal U. Ghent, 1959; Modern Medicine award, 1962; Albert Lasker award for clinical research, 1966; Boston medal for distinguished achievement, 1967; Jurzykowski award in medical science, 1970; Papnicolou award, 1971. Diplomate American Board Pathology.


Farber, Sidney was born on September 30, 1903 in Buffalo. Son of Simon and Matilda (Goldstein) Farber.


Bachelor of Science, University Buffalo, 1923. Doctor of Medicine Harvard, 1927. Post-graduate research, Germany, 1928-1929, Belgium, 1935-1936.

Doctor of Science, (honorary), Suffolk U., 1960, Boston University, 1961, Providence College, 1961, Albert Einstein College Medicine, 1966, New York Medical College, 1970. M.D. (honorary), University Ghent (Belgium), 1962, Catholic U. Louvain (Belgium), 1965, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden, 1969. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Brandeis U., 1963.


Faculty, Harvard Medical School 1927-1970, S. Burt Wolbach professor pathology, 1967-1970, professor emeritus, 1970-1973. Professor pathology, Harvard Medical School at Children’s Hospital, 1948-1967. Pathologist-in-chief, chairman div. labs. and research, Children’s Medical Center 1946-1970.

Chairman staff Children’s Hospital Medical Center, 1964-1970, consultant in pathology and oncology, 1970-1973. Founder, science director Children’s Cancer Research Foundation 1948-1973. Consultant Armed Forces Institute Pathology, United States Public Health Services, National Cancer Institute Trustee Worcester Foundation Experimental Biology, Southwest Foundation Research and Education, San Antonio.

Founding trustee United Cerebral Palsy Research and Ednl. Foundation; member National Advisory Cancer Council. Chairman panel on cancer.

President’s Commission Heart Disease, Cancer and Stroke, 1964. President, American Association Pathologists and Bacteriologists, 1957-1958, Society Pediatric Research, 1947-1948. President New England Pathol.

Society, Boston Pathol. Society; board directors Belgian American Ednl. Foundation; trustee Brandeis U., secretary board of trustees, 1967.

Member science advisory bds. Rosell Park Research Institute, New England Deaconess Hospital.


  • Other Work

    • Editorial board Cancer, Bio-chemical Pharmacology.


Fellow New York Academy Sciences, American Academy Arts and Sciences. Member of the American Medical Association, American Pediatric Society, Associate Cancer Institute Dirs. (president 1963-1965), American Association Cancer Research (honorary), James Ewing Society (honorary), Sigma Xi, Phi Beta Kappa, Alpha Omega Alpha.

Club: Harvard.


Married Norma C. Holzman, July 3, 1928. Children: Ellen, Stephen Burt, Thomas David, Miriam.

Simon Farber

Matilda (Goldstein) Farber

Norma C. Holzman

Ellen Farber

Stephen Burt Farber

Thomas David Farber

Miriam Farber