Kenneth M. Earle

Kenneth Martin Earle


Born: 29 December 1919 Jacksonville, Texas

Died: 23 February 1996 Seabrook, Texas

Academic Degrees

  • BA: Rice University, Houston, Texas 1942
  • MD: University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas 1945
  • Msc: McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada 1952

Academic Positions

  • 1952 - 1953 Instructor in Pathology, UCLA School of Medicine and VA Center, Los Angeles, California;
  • 1953 - 1960 Associate Professor of Pathology (1953-1960), Assistant Dean (1959-1960), Professor of Pathology and Dean of Medicine (1960-1962), University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas
  • 1962 - 1988 Clinical Professor of Pathology, UTMB, Galveston, Texas;
  • 1962 - 1979 Chief, Neuropathology Branch, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Washington, DC
  • 1976 - 1977 Professor and Chairman, Department of Pathology, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, Maryland
  • (Acting Chairman1977 - 1979)


  • John Sealy Hospital Galveston, Texas
  • U.S. Navy
  • Montreal Neurological Institute, McGill University, Montreal Canada

Military Service

  • 1946 - 1949 Medical Officer, U.S. Navy

Selected Career Highlights

  • Wrote the "First 75 years History of the IAMM/IAP".

  • A world-renowned Neuropathologist with research in areas as varied as neoplasia and radiation biology. His early studies included the medical effects of lasers for the Department of Defense with Drs. Lorenz Zimmerman and Elson Helwig. He was instrumental in acquiring the Yakovlev-Haleem Collection of serially sectioned brains from Harvard University.

  • He coauthored more than 80 scientific publications and was on the Editorial Boards of Neurology, Journal of Neuropathology and Experimental Neurology, and the Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine.

  • Became the First Executive Director of the American Registry of Pathology (1980-1982).

  • President of the American Association of Neuropathologist (1966); Project Secretary of the International Society of Neuropathology (1970-1978); President of the 7th International Congress of Neuropathology (1978) / Archivist of the International Society of Neuropathology (1980-1990).

  • Secretary-General of the 11th International Congress of the IAP (1976); International Secretary of the IAP (1978-1982).

  • In 1962 created a course in Neuropathology at the AFIP, which continues to this day.

  • Collaborator for the international reference Center for Histopathological Nomenclature and Classification of Central Nervous System Tumors of the World Health Organization (1972-1976).

  • Member of many expert panels and served as a special consultant to a wide variety of interesting panels and initiatives. Recipient of a large number of awards.

  • A great teacher and leader who inspired and enabled others, by his own example, to fulfill their potential. Mentor to a great many notable academics. A great sense of humor. His hobbies included fishing and telling stories!


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