James Van Gundia Neel

Neel Photo Dr. Neel is Lee R. Dice University Professor of Human Genetics, Emeritus, and Professor of Internal Medicine, Emeritus, at the School of Medicine, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan. At Michigan, he developed and then chaired for some 25 years, the first Department of Human Genetics in a Medical School in the U.S.

His research interests have included the genetics of the hemoglobinopathies, population genetic studies among relatively unacculturated Amerindians, and spontaneous and induced mutations in humans.

This latter interest has resulted in a 50-year association with studies on the potential genetic effects of the atomic bombs, the results of which studies being the subject of this paper. Neel has authored or co-authored some 500 papers and six books. Recognitions include the U. S. National Medal of Science, the Lasker Award of the American Public Health Association, the Bruce Medal of the American College of Physicians, and the Allan Award of the American Society of Human Genetics.

His elections to learned societies include the National Academy of Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Institute of Medicine. He is a past president of the American Society of Human Genetics, the International Genetic Epidemiology Society, and the Sixth International Congress of Human Genetics.

University of Michigan Medical School,
Ann Arbor, MI 48109, USA
(313) 747-3149 FAX: (313) 763-3784


James V. Neel, Father of Modern Human Genetics, Died Feb. 1, 2000 at Age 84

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