Author Biographical Info

Dr. Howard Beye Hamilton was born in Oak Park Illinois on December 4, 1918. He graduated from the University of Rochester in New York in 1941 and from Yale University School of Medicine in 1945. Hamilton served in the United States Navy from 1942-1945, during World War II. In the late 1940s and early 1950s Hamilton conducted research at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard University, the Long Island School of Medicine, the New York College of Surgeons, and the University of Tokyo in Japan.In 1956 Dr. Hamilton moved to Hiroshima, Japan, where he lived for the next thirty years. After his move to Japan, Hamilton served as the Chief of Clinical Laboratories for the Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission (ABCC) from 1956 until its dissolution in 1975. Hamilton worked in the same capacity for the Radiation Effects Research Foundation (RERF), which succeeded the ABCC, until 1984. Between 1984 and 1986 Dr. Hamilton began transitioning into retirement; he continued to work as a consultant for the RERF during this time. Dr. Hamilton was a consummate scholar and published extensively thoughout his career. Hamilton published papers on topics including endocrinology, steroid chemistry, enzyme kinetics, hemoglobinopathies, the structure and function of hemoglobin, genetic polymorphisms, biochemical genetics, the long term after-effects of exposure to ionizing radiation, and epidemiology of cardio-vascular disease.


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Publication Date(s)

circa 1967-1970




According to Dr. Howard Hamilton, when Dr. Hamilton was the Chief of Clinical Laboratories Dr. Akio Awa was the assistant to the Chief and head of the Chromosome Section. Dr. Awa and Dr. Hamilton would sit next to each other during many of these staff meetings, and Dr. Awa would create these ‘doodles.’ Dr. Awa would leave his cartoons behind, and Dr. Hamilton reported collecting them afterwards. The ‘originals’ or those that represent the ‘Ur-text’ are found in folder 1, and these were donated in 2002 by Dr. Hamilton. The additional folders 2-4 were donated before 2002, and the cartoons in these folders were called copies to the originals by Dr. Hamilton.


Cartoon created at the Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission research center in Hiroshima, Japan between 1967-1970. See more at Howard B. Hamilton, MD Papers.


Voyages and travels, Air travel, Congresses and conventions, Farewells, Honolulu (Hawaii), Hiroshima, Japan, Akio Awa


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