American Society of Hematology

E. Donnall Thomas (1920 - 2012)

Edward Donnall Thomas

Edward Donnall Thomas

Past ASH president and Nobel Laureate Edward Donnall Thomas, MD, the father of bone marrow transplantation, died on Saturday, October 20, 2012 in Seattle. He was 92. To learn more about Dr. Thomas, please read his obituary published in  The Seattle Times, watch the  tribute video created by the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, or peruse the links below.

Edward Donnall Thomas, MD, known as "Don" to his friends, was born in a small town in central Texas in 1920. His most notable achievement, the Nobel Prize in Medicine, was awarded in 1990 for his development of bone marrow transplantation, which could cure patients with advanced leukemia. Dr. Thomas served as ASH president in 1988 and served as Professor Emeritus at the University of Washington and Director Emeritus of the Clinical Research Division at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle.


Read Dr. Thomas's full obituary in the January/February 2013 issue of The Hematologist.

Authored Blood Articles

Dr. Thomas has published numerous articles in the Society's journal Blood.

Nobel Prize

Learn more about Dr. Thomas's most notable achievement, the Nobel Prize in Medicine.

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