Dr. Lloyd F. Craver was a consultant for the University of Chicago’s Metallurgical Laboratory (“Met Lab”) during the Manhattan Project. Dr. Craver was also a specialist in the treatment of lymphomas at the Memorial Hospital for Cancer and Allied Disease in New York.
In 1918, he received his M.D. from Cornell Medical College. Dr. Carver began to work at the Memorial Hospital in 1920. He became a leader in the field with his development of techniques for treating lymphomas and leukemias with radiation in 1926.
During World War II, Craver visited the Met Lab, in order to familiarize himself with the Health Division’s results and protocols regarding radiation and chemotherapy. At the Met Lab, he learned about the “bis” structural form of the nitrogen mustard compound, and he integrated the compound into his chemotherapy practices.
In his career, he published 150 papers on the topics of treatment of lymphomas and leukemias with radiation and chemotherapy. From 1926 until 1950, Dr. Carver served as an attending physician and chief of the lymphomas service at Memorial Hospital. Despite becoming emeritus in 1950, he remained active until his full retirement in 1962.
At the age of eighty-seven, Dr. Lloyd F. Craver died on June 18, 1978 in his home in Wantagh, Long Island, New York.
For more information about Dr. Lloyd F. Craver, please see the following references:
- New York Times Obituary for Craver
- Oral History of hematologist Leon Jacobson – discusses Met Lab and Craver