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Edith Quimby

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Edith Quimby

Edith Hinkley Quimby (1891-1982) was an American medical researcher and physicist. 

Quimby is notable as one of the founders of nuclear medicine.  She discovered safe uses for x-rays, and helped develop radioactive techniques for the diagnosis treatment of cancer.

Edith Quimby's Timeline
1891 Oct 7th Born in Rockford, Illinois.
1912 Received a Bachelor’s degree from Whitman College in mathematics and physics
1916 Received a Master's degree in physics from the University of California, Berkeley.
1919 Began work at the Memorial Hospital for Cancer and Allied Disease in New York.
1932 Became an associate physicist at the Memorial Hospital for Cancer and Allied Disease and began work on medicinal radiation.
1940 Received the Janeway Medal from the American Radium Society, the first woman to be awarded the medal.
1941 Became an assistant professor of radiology at the Cornell University Medical College.
1941 Received the Gold Medal from the Radiological Society of North America.
1942 Became an associate professor of radiation physics at Columbia University.
1954 Became a full professor at Columbia University.
1954 Elected president of the American Radium Society.
1982 Oct 11th Died in New York, New York.

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