Pioneering research on medical
applications of x-rays and radioactive emissions.
Developed methods of calculating biologically effective, i.e absorbed, dosages
Regarded as a primary contributor to development
of nuclear medicine.
At the New York City Memorial Hospital for Cancer and Allied Diseases measured
the generation and penetration of various forms of radiation to make exact
dosages of radiotherapy possible. [11 EY1]
Developed and taught techniques for disposal of radioactive wastes occurring in
procedures for cleaning up accidental radioactive spills. [11 EY1]
Application of radioactive
isotopes in the treatment of thyroid disease, and for circulation studie
and diagnoses of brain tumors." [1J N20]
Research in the use of artifically produced radioactive sodium in medical
research, including the protection of
those handling radioactive substances from the harmful effects.
Some Important Publications:
"Physical Factors in Interstitial Radium Therapy", American Journal of
Roentgenology and Radium Therapy 33, 306-316, (1935).
Scatter" , American Journal of
Roentgenology and Radium Therapy 39 , 799-815, (1938);
with L.D. Marinelli and J.H. Farrow.
Protection", Journal of Applied Physics 10 , 604-608, (1939)
"The Specification of Dosage in Radium Therapy," American Journal of Roentgenology (1941).
"Radioactive Sodium as a Tool in Medical Research," American Journal of Roentgenology and Radium Therapy (December 1947).
Radioactive Isotopes in Clinical Practice. Lea & Febiger, 1958;
with Sergei Feitelberg and Solomon Silver.
Safe Handling of Radioactive Isotopes in Medical Practice. Macmillan, 1960.
Physical Foundations of Radiology. Harper, 1970;
with Paul N. Goodwin.
Fellow, American Physical Society
Fellow, American College of Radiology
Janeway Medal, American Radium Society 1940
Honorary Sc.D., Whitman College 1940
Gold Medal, Radiological Society of North America 1941
Achievement Medal, International Women's Exposition of Arts and Industries 1947
Lord and Taylor American Design Award 1949
Honorary Sc.D., Rutgers University 1957
Medal of the American Cancer Society 1957
Gold Medal, Inter-American College of Radiology 1958
Gold Medal, American College of Radiology 1963
1914-15 Assistant in Physics, University of California, Berkeley
1919-32 Assistant Physicist, New York City Memorial Hospital for Cancer and Allied Diseases
1932-42 Associate Physicist, New York City Memorial Hospital for Cancer and Allied Diseases
1941-42 Assistant Professor of Radiology, Medical College, Cornell University
1942-54 Associate Professor of Radiological Physics, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University
1954-60 Professor of Radiological Physics, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University
1960-82 Emeritus Professor of Radiology, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia Univeristy
B.S. Whitman College, Walla Walla, Washington 1912
M.A. University of California, Berkeley 1916
[4A AMWS], [39L CBY], [11 EY1], [29 WWWS], [51 MJB], [pt1982hr]
Valued teacher of radiology and medi
cal physics to Nobel Laureate
Rosalyn Sussman Yalow.
First woman, and second non-physician, to win the Janeway Medal.
"Quimby's exceptional service to radiological physics
was widely recognized." --- H. H. Rossi [pt1982hr]
Member, League of Women Voters
Married Shirley L. Quimby and they had four children.
Some Professional Activities:
Vice-president (1929) and
President (1954) American Radium Society
Chaired the National Council on Radiation Protection & Measurements Committee
and served as a consultant on radiation therapy for the U.S. Veterans
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