The Center for the History of Medicine is pleased to announce the papers of Charles L. Dunham, M.D. have been processed and are now open to research. Charles L. Dunham (1906-1975) was Director of the Division of Biology and Medicine at the United States Atomic Energy Commission (1955-1967) and Chairman of the Division of Medical Sciences of the National Academy of Sciences (1967-1972). Dunham’s research focused on the role ecology played in the field of atomic energy, as well as the application of nuclear medicine in the diagnosis and understanding of disease.
The bulk of the papers consist of travel reports, research and meeting notes, report drafts, and publications from Dunham’s tenure as Director of the Division of Biology and Medicine at the United States Atomic Energy Commission and Chairman of the Division of Medical Sciences of the National Academy of Sciences. Papers also include correspondence, lectures, speeches, photographs, articles, and writings that address various topics in radiation, including civil defense and exposure to atomic bomb fallout radiation.
During the course of his career, Dunham authored numerous articles and was an active member of many professional organizations. He was President of the Radiation Research Society from 1969 to 1970, member of the Executive Committee and Board of Directors of the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements, and on the Board of Directors of the Health Physics Society from 1964 to 1967. He was also a member of the World Health Organization’s Expert Panel on Radiation and an advisor to the United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation.
For more information about Charles L. Dunham, the collection, and how to access the materials, please view the collection finding aid.
Processing of the Charles L. Dunham papers was made possible by the Countway Library’s Lloyd E. Hawes Fund for Radiology.