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Register of the Harvey Milton Patt Papers, 1949-1982
MSS 83-5  
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Papers include business and personal correspondence, committee correspondence, meeting minutes and reports, photographs and slides, and appointment books.
Harvey Milton Patt was born in Chicago, Illinois, on August 2, 1918. He majored in physiology at the University of Chicago, receiving a B.S. in 1939 and a Ph.D. in 1942. During World War II he worked as a civilian on a chemical toxicity program at the University of Chicago, and as a naval officer [lieutenant (J.G.), USNR] on applied physiology problems at the Medical Field Research Laboratory, Camp LeJeune, North Carolina. He was on the staff of the Argonne National Laboratory from 1946 to 1964, where his studies of radiation exposure led to the 1949 discovery that certain chemicals could protect higher organisms from radiation effects. In 1964 he joined the faculty of the University of California, San Francisco, as professor of radiology and physiology and director of the Laboratory of Radiobiology and Environmental Health. That same year he received the Ernest O. Lawrence Award of the U. S. Atomic Energy Commission for his work at Argonne.
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