Alfred George Knudson, Jr. M.D., Ph.D. was born on August 9, 1922, and died on July 10, 2016.
He was a geneticist specializing in cancer genetics.
Along with his many contributions to the field was the formulation of the Knudson hypothesis in 1971, which explains the effects of mutation on carcinogenesis (the development of cancer).
Alfred received his B.S. from California Institute of Technology in 1944, his M.D. from Columbia University in 1947 and his Ph.D. from California Institute of Technology in 1956.
Knudson held a Guggenheim fellowship from 1953 to 1954.
He served from 1970 to 1976 as the Dean of Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.
Alfred has been associated with the Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia from 1976 until his death in 2016.
Knudson received numerous prizes and honorary doctorates for his work, most prominently the 1998 Albert Lasker Award for Clinical Medical Research.
Knudson also received the 1999 American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology (ASPHO) Distinguished Career Award, the 2005 American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Award for Lifetime Achievement in Cancer Research, and the 2004 Kyoto Prize in Life sciences.
Alfred G. Knudson passed away at 93 years old.