Robert E. Stowell

Robert E. Stowell


Born: Cashmere, Washington

Academic Degrees

  • AB: Stanford University, Stanford, California, 1936
  • MD: Stanford University, Stanford, California 1941
  • PhD: Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, 1944

Academic Positions

  • 1942 - 1948 Assistant, Instructor, Assistant Professor then Associate Professor of Pathology, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri
  • 948 - 1951 Chairman, Department of Oncology, University of Kansas Medical Center
  • 1948 - 1959 Professor of Pathology and Oncology; (Chair 1951-1959)
  • Director of Cancer Research, University of Kansas Medical Center
  • 1959 - 1967 Scientific Director, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Washington, D.C.
  • 1960 - 1967 Visiting Professor of Pathology, University of Maryland School of Medicine
  • 967 - 1969 Chairman, Department of Pathology, University of California School of Medicine, Davis, California
  • 1967 - 1972 Assistant Dean, School of Medicine, University of California School of Medicine, Davis, California
  • 1969 - 1971 Director of the National Center for Primate Biology, University of California School of Medicine


  • Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri
  • Barnes, McMillan and St. Louis Children's Hospitals, St. Louis, Missouri

Selected Career Highlights

  • President, American Association of Pathologists and Bacteriologists (1970-1971), and the American Society for Experimental Pathology (1964-1965), Intersociety Committee for Research Potential in Pathology (1957-1960) (and a member of its initial pathology training committee, and organizer) and the American Registry of Pathology (1978-1980).

  • Played a primary role in the establishment of the Universities Associated for Research and Education in Pathology (UAREP).

  • His early research (with W. Cramer) on carcinogenesis exploring variables in mouse skin carcinoma following exposure to methylcholanthrene and discovered, for the apparent first time, reproducibly obtainable skin cancer following single exposure to the agent.

  • Research on correlation of histological, ultrastructural, histochemical and biochemical studies of abnormal growth, neoplasia and cell death. Carried out studies on the importance of nucleic acids in tumors and aberrant growth.

  • Expert in devising apparatus's, designing equipment for freeze-drying of tissue, greatly shortening drying time, and photometric equipment for measuring stain and pigment in tissues.

  • Early Chairman of the Pathology Study Section of the National Institutes of Health.

  • Assistant Editor, Journal of Technical Methods and Bulletin of the International Academy of Medical Museums (1945).

  • Consultant, U.S. Atomic Energy Commission (1947-1952), VA, and many other groups.

  • Editor (1967-1971) Laboratory Investigation; Section on Research and Education, Bulletin of the College of American Pathologists; Series Editor-IAP Monographs (1959-1961), and many other publications.

  • Recipient, Gold Headed Cane Award, American Association of Pathologists.

  • In 1982 the awards to pathologists in training, for excellence in presentation of scientific abstracts at the Annual USCAP meeting, were renamed the "Stowell-Orbison Awards", honoring Dr. Stowell and Dr. Lowell Orbison for stimulating research and creating a forum for young pathologists at IAP meetings.


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