Author Biographical Info

William J. Schull, PhD was an American scientist and geneticist famous for his research into the effects of ionizing radiation on the human body largely based on the atomic bombings in Hiroshima and Nagasaki after World War II. Dr. Schull began his scientific career in radiation research in 1949 when he joined the Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission (ABCC), established in Japan in 1946 by the United States National Academy of Sciences, National Research Council to study the effects of the bombings in accordance with a presidential directive from Harry S. Truman. From his first post as Head of the Department of Genetics at ABCC, Dr. Schull served many decades in the elite corps of scientists conducting research into the genetic impact of irradiation on human health.

. In concert with his scientific work, Dr. Schull valued the preservation of the archival historic record and promoted the preservation of the history of the ABCC and RERF throughout his career. He died June 20, 2017, in Houston.

Publication Date

2022

Keywords

World War 1939-1945, Abortion - natural or induced, Midwives, Statistics, Leukemia, Aging, Growth And Development, Mortality, Consanguinity, Cytogenetics, Developmental disability, Menstruation, Epidemiology, ABCC Collections, Chernobyl, Cartoons (Humor), Cartoons and comics--Japan, Genetics

Abstract

The William J. Schull papers contains correspondence, interoffice memorandums, presentations, scientific works, journal reprints, monograph drafts, report drafts, travel diaries, travel receipts and itineraries, travel ephemera, other printed material, news clips, exhlbit material, photographs, 35 mm slides, audios tapes, video tapes, film, maps and realia in eighty-six cubic feet of material documenting his the life and works. Over 60% of the collection documents his life and work at the Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission (ABCC) and Radiation Effects Research Foundation (RERF) in Japan. See more at MS 067.

Comments

This collection was processed and descrlbed thanks to a grant from the Japan Society for the Promotion Science and the assistance of Professor Masahito Ando and his team at Gakushuin University in Tokyo.

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