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Britton Chance
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Britton Chance, ICAS Distinguished Fellow and ICAS Liberty Award Recipiant, is Eldridge Reeves Johnson University Professor Emeritus of Biochemistry and Biophysics and Physical Chemistry and Radiologic Physics, School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, and President, Medical Diagnostic Research Foundation (MDRF), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Below is a brief vitae of him:

1935 B.S.University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
1936 M.S.University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
1940 Ph.D.University of Pennsylvania (Physical Chemistry), Philadelphia, PA
1942 Ph.D.Cambridge University (Biology "B", Physiology), England
1952 D.Sc.Cambridge University, England

Honorary Degrees:
1962 M.D.Karolinska Institut
1974 D.Sc.Medical College of Ohio at Toledo
1976 D.Sc.Semmelweis University
1977 D.Sc.Hahnemann Medical College
1985 D.Sc.University of Pennsylvania
1990 D.Sc.University of Helsinki
1991 M.D.University of Dusseldorf
1993 M.D.University of Buenos Aires
1995 M.D.University of Copenhagen
1997 M.D.Universit a Degli Studi Di Roma "Tor Vergata"

Academic Career:
1940-1941Acting Director, E.R. Johnson Foundation, University of Pennsylvania
1941-1949Assistant Professor of Biophysics and Physical Biochemistry, School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Phila., PA
1949-1977Professor of Biophysics and Physical Biochemistry, Graduate Group of Biophysics, School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Phila., PA
1964-1975Professor, Eldridge Reeves Johnson Professor of Biophysics, Department of Biophysics, School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Phila., PA
1949-1975Chairman, Department of Biophysics and Physical Biochemistry, School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Phila., PA
1975-1983Professor, Biochemistry and Biophysics, School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Phila., PA
1949-1983Director, E.R. Johnson Foundation, School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Phila., PA
1982-1990Director, Institute for Structural and Functional Studies, University City Science Center, Phila., PA
1990-1999Director, Institute for Biophysical and Biomedical Research, University City Science Center, Philadelphia, and Scientific Director to the President, University City Science Center, Phila., PA
1983-1992Eldridge Reeves Johnson University Professor Emeritus of Biochemistry and Biophysics and Physical Biochemistry, School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Phila., PA
1983-DateEldridge Reeves Johnson University Professor Emeritus of Biochemistry and Biophysics and Physical Chemistry and Radiologic Physics, School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Phila., PA
1998-DatePresident, Medical Diagnostic Research Foundation (MDRF), Phila., PA

Postgraduate Training and Fellowship Appointments:
1941-1946Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Radiation Laboratory: (1941-45) Research Associate (1941-45) Group Leader (1942-45) Associate Division Head (1942-45) Steering Committee (1945-46) Editorial Board, Radiation Lab Series (1954-56) Visiting Committee (Biology)
1941Office of Scientific Research and Development, Investigator
1946-1948Guggenheim Fellow, Nobel Institute, Stockholm and Moleno Institute, Cambridge
1966Foreign Fellow, Churchill College, Cambridge

Special Appointments:
1948U.S.N Consultant to Attache for Research, London
1948American Red Cross and National Research Council Committee on Blood and Blood Derivatives
1951-1956National Science Foundation Consultant (Molecular Biology)
1955-1959Bartol Research Foundation, Visiting Committee
1959-1960President's Scientific Advisory Committee
1971-1975Council Member, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
1973-presentCouncil Member, Working Group on Molecular Control, National Cancer Institute
1983NIH Panel Member, Biotechnology Research Resources Program, Division of Research Resources

Awards and Honors:
1950Paul Lewis Award in Enzyme Chemistry, USA
   "U.S. President's Certificate of Merit, USA
1954Harvey Lecturer, The New York Academy of Medicine, USA
1956, 1965Phillips Lecturer, University of Pittsburgh, PA, USA
1957Pepper Lecturer, University of Pennsylvania, PA, USA
1961Morlock Award, Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE), USA
1965Genootschapps Medaille, Dutch Biochemical Society, The Netherlands
1966Keilin Lecturer, England
   "Harrison Howe Award, Rochester Section, American Chemical Society, USA
   "Franklin Medal, Franklin Institute, Philadelphia, USA
   "David P. Hackett Lecturer, Univeristy of California, USA
1968Pennsylvania Award for Excellence (Life Sciences), USA
1969Philadelphia Section Award, Americal Chemical Society, USA
1970Nichols Award, New York Section, Americal Chemical Society, USA
   "Heineken Medal, Netherlands Academy of Science and Letters, The Netherlands
   "Redfearn Memorial Lecturer, University of Leicester, England
1972Gairdner Award, Canada
1973Post-IUB Symposium on Energy Transducing Membrane Function, Dedicated to B. Chance on the Occasion of his 60th Birthday, Sweden
1974Semmelweis Medal, Hungary
   "National Medal of Science, USA
1975Presidential Lecturer, University of Pennsylvania, PA, USA
197635th Richtmeyer Memorial Lecture of American Association of Physics Teachers, USA
   "2nd Julius L. Jackson Memorial Lecture, Wayne State University, USA
   "ISCO Award for Significant Contributions; Field of Biochemical Instruments, USA
   "DaCosta Oration, Philadelphia County Medical College, USA
1978Phillip Morris Lecturer, USA
1979Rudolf-Lemberg Memorial Lecture Series, Australia
1980Distinguished Lecturer, Society of General Physiologists, International Congress of Physiological Sciences, Hungary
   "Plenary Lecturer, First European Bioenergetics Congress, Urbino, Italy
   "Hastings Lecturer, Scripps Clinic & Research Foundation, USA
1981Plenary Lecturer, VII International Biophysics Congress /II Pan American Biochemistry Congress, Mexico
   "Radvin Lecturer, American College of Physicians and Surgeons, USA
1984Troy C. Daniels Lectureship Award, University of California, USA
   "IEEE Philadelphia Section Award, USA
   "Sober Lectureship Award, American Society of Biological Chemists, USA
   "Plenary Lecturer, Pan American Association of Biochemical Societies (PAABS) Congress, Argentina
1984Invited Speaker, Symposium on Bioscience, Biomedical Imaging Sponsored by the Takeda Science Foundation, Kyoto, Japan
   "Plenary Lecturer, International Symposium on Fast Reactions in Biological Systems, Kyoto, Japan
1986Elizabeth Winston Lanier Award, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Kappa Delta Awards, USA
   "Senior Investigator Award, American Heart Association, USA
1987Gold Medal Distinguished Service to Medicine, College of Physcians, USA
   "Biological Physics Prize, The American Physical Society, USA
1988Gold Medal, Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, USA
1989J. Henry Wilkinson Award, International Society for Clinical Enzymology, USA
1990The Benjamin Franklin Medal for Distinguished Achievement in the Sciences, American Philosophical Society
1992Christopher Columbus Discovery Award in Biomedical Research (National Institutes of Health, USA)
1992John Scott Medal Award, City of Philadelphia, USA
1995Stellar-Chance Laboratories, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA. Dedicated June 28, 1995, USA
1999American College of Sports Medicine Honor Award, USA

Elections to Honorary Societies:
1954National Academy of Science, USA
1954Harvey Society, New York Academy of Medicine
1955American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Fellow and Member, Rumford Committee
1958American Philosophical Society, Wistar Association (1969-Present)
Secretary (1969)
Vice-President (1984-Present)
1959Biophysical Society, Founder and Councillor (1959-1962)
1957Society of General Physiologists, Councillor (1957-1960)
1966American Association for the Advancement of Science, Vice President and Chairman, Section of Medical Sciences
1974Philadelphia College of Physicians, Fellow
1989-1990The Oxygen Society, Honorary President

1959Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences, Member
1960Royal Society of Arts, Benjamin Franklin Fellow
1968Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Foreign Member, Medical Sciences
1970Bavarian Academy of Sciences, Munich, Member
1971International Federation of Institutes for Advanced Study, Member of Board of Trustees (1971-1982)
1971Leopoldina Academy, Halle, Germany
1972International Union of Pure and Applied Biophysics
Vice President (1972-1975)
President (1975-1979)
Honorary Vice President (1979-date)
1974Max-Planck-Gesellschaft zur Forderung der Wissenschaften, Foreign Member
1975Argentine National Academy of Sciences, Member
1987National Academy of Lincei, Foreign Member
1981Royal Society (London), Foreign Member
1988-1990Society for Free Radical Research (International) (SFRR), President

Britton is an author of over 1,300 original scientific publications and was an Olympian of the U. S. Yacht Olympic team.

ICAS Web Site Links for Britton Chance:

2005 Liberty Award Dinner

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