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July 24, 2007 - 11:00pm

Pioneer Immunologist Edward 'Ted' A. Boyse Dies

Pioneer immunologist Edward "Ted" A. Boyse, MD, distinguished professor emeritus of microbiology and immunology with the Department of Microbiology and Immunology (now Immunobiology) at The University of Arizona College of Medicine in Tucson, passed away on July 14 in Tucson. He was 83. A private family memorial service will be held on Friday, July 27.
Dr. Boyse was born in Worthing, Sussex, England on Aug. 11, 1923. He attended the University of London, where he received his bachelor of medicine, bachelor of surgery degree in 1952 and his doctor of medicine degree in 1957. After serving as research fellow in pathology at Guy's Hospital, London, he moved to the United States in 1960. Dr. Boyse joined the Sloan-Kettering Institute for Cancer Research in 1962 as an assistant scientist and quickly rose to the rank of member in 1967. In 1969, he was promoted to professor of biology at Cornell University Graduate School of Medicine. Dr. Boyse joined the UA faculty in 1989 as distinguished professor of microbiology and immunology where he continued his research until his retirement in 1994.

Regarded nationally and internationally, he was a pioneer in the fields of mouse immunogenetics and cord blood hematopoietic stem cell biology. Dr. Boyse published more than 325 scientific publications during his academic career. As a result of his outstanding contributions, he was elected a fellow of the Royal Society in 1977, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1977, and a member of the National Academy of Sciences in 1979. He was the first individual to hold full membership in all three organizations.


Dr. Boyse also was a recipient of numerous awards, including the Cancer Research Institute Award in Tumor Immunology, the Isaac Adler Award of the Rockefeller and Harvard universities, the Outstanding Investigator Award of the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health, and the C. Chester Stock Award of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

In addition to his pioneering work identifying and characterizing T-cell subclasses, Dr. Boyse pioneered the use of umbilical cord blood hematopoietic stem cells for human clinical transplantation. Among his other outstanding contributions to biomedical science, Dr. Boyse recognized in a laboratory setting that mammals identified members of the same species by tissue type-related odor specificity, and used these signals to select mates. Recent studies have indicated that similar mechanisms may operate in humans.

He is survived by his wife, Judith Bard; two children, Dr. Adrienne Martin and Conrad S. Boyse; five grandchildren, Lawrence and Lewis Martin, and Stonor, Charlotte and Oliver Boyse; son-in-law Richard Martin; and daughter-in-law Maria V. Boyse. He was predeceased by his son Dominic Boyse.