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Frederick Becker - Interview 1

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Descriptive Summary

Collection: Making Cancer History Voices Oral History Collection
Interviewee: Becker, Frederick F.
Interviewer: Brunet, Lesley W.
Title: Frederick Becker Oral History Interview 1
Date: June 19, 2008
Abstract: Peppered with humorous anecdotes, this interview with Frederick Becker begins with his journey from New York to Houston. He recounts meeting Dr. R. Lee Clark and his decision to become a pioneer of M. D. Anderson Cancer Center. Dr. Becker then recalls his contribution to shaping the department of pathology and serving as special advisor to Dr. LeMaistre.
Collection Id.: OH-BeckerF-20080619
Original Format: Audiocassette
Format: 1 streaming video file and 1 interview transcript
Interview Length: 1 hour
Language: Materials are in English
Repository: Historical Resources Center, Research Medical Library, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Biographical Note

Dr. Frederick Becker was born on July 23, 1931 in New York City. He received a B.A. from Columbia College and M.D. from New York University School of Medicine. Prior to joining M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Dr. Becker was Director of the Department of Pathology at Bellvue Medical Center.

Becker joined M. D. Anderson in 1976 as chair of pathology. He served as the first vice president for research from 1979 to 1998, during which time he redesigned the center’s research format, recruited outstanding basic scientists and department chairs, promoted collaborative interdisciplinary research and shepherded extensive physical expansion. From 1998 until 2001, he was a special advisor to M. D. Anderson President John Mendelsohn, M.D., who credited Becker with “creating the scholarly climate in which research has flourished at M. D. Anderson.”

When Becker retired as vice president for research, he was honored with the creation of the Frederick F. Becker Distinguished University Chair in Cancer Research. Since October 2001, Becker has been a professor of molecular pathology, working with colleagues in multidisciplinary laboratories to extend research in the fields of microfluidics and dielectrophoresis as well as to develop a new class of anti-tumor agents.


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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons):

Becker, Frederick F.
Clark, Randolph Lee, 1906-
Gilley, Edmund R.
Hickey, Robert
LeMaistre, Charles A.

Subjects (Organizations): University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. Dept. of Pathology

Pathology, Clinical
Pathology, Surgical
Neoplasms -- pathology
Laboratories, Hospital
Hospital Departments
Hospitals, Special
Houston (TX)
Oral History

Administrative Information

Provenance: Interview conducted between Dr. Frederick Becker and Lesley Brunet on June 19, 2008.
Preferred Citation: Frederick Becker Interview 1, June 19, 2008, Research Medical Library, The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center
Processing Information: Oral history was edited by Jewelry Yep, HRC Intern, March 2011

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