Michel Matthew Ter-Pogossian, the ''Father'' of Positron Emission Tomography
The positron emission tomography scanner, invented in 1977 was a breakthrough in the history of medicine. Since then it became possible to assess the brain’s activity at different mental processes, to reveal cancer at its early stage and heart diseases. That was due to the efforts of renowned physicist and inventor of Armenian descent Michel Ter-Pogossian.
Michel Ter-Pogossian was born in Berlin, on April 21, 1925. He was the only child of a family that found refuge in Germany during the Armenian Genocide. Shortly after, the growing Nazi moods caused the family to move to France.
Michel’s passion for science, namely physics and chemistry came up in the early school years. In 1943 and 1946 he earned degrees in science respectively from the University of Paris and from the Institute of Radium. During World War II, he fought with the French Resistance Movement against the Nazi. Michel’s father concerned about his son’s future decided to immigrate to the US in 1946. There Michel entered Washington University of St. Louis, in large part by the reputation of Arthur Holly Compton, a physicist and a Nobel laureate, who was the university’s chancellor, beckerexhibits reports.
While studying for his degree, Ter-Pogossian worked in the Department of Physics as a research assistant. He received a master’s degree in 1948 and a doctoral degree in nuclear physics in 1950.
He joined the faculty of Mallinckrodt Institute in 1950 and was appointed as professor of radiation sciences in 1961. During the years of working there he recognized the potential of short-lived radioactive isotopes, and was one of the first to use them to find brain tumors and measure blood flow, The New York Times reports.
In 1961 Ter-Pogossian was appointed as professor of radiation sciences. In 1973 he was named head of Mallinckrodt Institute’s Division of Radiation Sciences.
Michel Ter-Pogossian is considered the “father” of positron emission tomography. In the 1970s he led a collaborative research team of physical scientists, chemists, and physicians who developed the concept of positron emission tomography (PET), a major contribution, PET displays actual metabolic activity within different regions of organs and tissues, thereby extending scientists’ and physicians’ understanding of basic biological processes and providing a basis for the improved diagnosis of diseases.
During a career that spanned more than four decades, he earned numerous accolades for his achievements in nuclear science, including France’s Gold Medal Award of the Société Francaise de Médecine Nucléaire et de Biophysique, Canada’s prestigious Gairdner Award, St. Louis’ Peter H. Raven Lifetime Award of the Academy of Sciences, as well as the Society of Nuclear Medicine’s Georg Charles de Hevesy Nuclear Medicine Pioneer Award and the Paul C. Aebersold Award.
Ter-Pogossian was a member of many professional societies, and served on the editorial boards of major scientific journals, including the American Journal of Roentgenology, the Journal of Nuclear Medicine, and the Journal de Biophysique & Médecine Nucléaire. was a charter member of the American Nuclear Society and a fellow of the American Physical Society.
In addition, he was a past trustee of the Academy of Sciences of St. Louis and served as an advisor for several Department of Energy and National Institutes of Health committees. Dr. Ter-Pogossian was a prolific author, with more than 250 papers and book chapters to his credit.
The scientist died in 1996, at the age of 71.
- Emil Jamil Lahoud: Armenian President of Lebanon Armenians, in turn, made a great contribution to the development of Lebanon. Throughout the history of living in the territory of the country, Armenians took an active part in the formation of the country...
- Kirk Kerkorian: to be Sad in a Mercedes is Better than in a Bus It should be noted here that the Armenian nation is proud of Kerkorian not for the fact that he was a successful businessman, but because he was a worthy Armenian. Kerkorian has greatly supported in the...
- Gevorg Nalbandian: an Armenian who Wrote an Anthem for an African Country The small Armenian diaspora in this exotic ancient country has always occupied an important place in all areas of state and cultural life, Dlmn.info notes.
- The Armenian Love of Aivazovsky She loved him very much and did not require more attention than he could give. She understood that she would never occupy a place in his heart equal to the painting. Aivazovsky in turn adored Anna and...
- Seerpoohi Elias: Armenian Woman and the First Chief Justice of New Zealand “If it were not for the Armenian identity in the family, I would not have had such accomplishments,” said Seerpoohi Elias, the first female Chief Justice of New Zealand.
Gunshots Fired at St. Sahag and St. Mesrob Armenian Cultural Center in Marseille
Biden Reverses Trump's Transgender Military Ban
30 Tons Humanitarian Aid Arrives in Armenia from Germany
Armenian Embassy in Georgia Released A Statement On Accident With Armenian Trucks
Levon Ter-Petrosyan Hosted In His House Ambassador of Russia
No Incidents Has Been Maintained Along The Armenian-Azerbaijani Line Of Contact
The Ombudsman Of Armenia Released A Guide For Persons Displaced From Nagorno-Karabakh
The Issue of Repatriation of Armenian POWs Not Included in Agenda of PACE Session
5-Day Weather Forecast in Armenia
Biden Speaks with Macron, Agrees to Coordinate on Iran Nuclear Deal
Four Players and President of Brazilian Club Palmas Killed in Plane Crash
Trump Adviser Claims Former President has no Plans for Third Political Party
Israel Decides to Ban Passenger Flights to Curb COVID-19 Spread
Armenia Records 166094 Confirmed Coronavirus Cases
More Bodies Found in Battle Zones as Search Operations Continue, Says Artsakh
Armenia Ombudsman Presents Additional Evidence of Armenophobia in Azerbaijan
Some Roads are Closed in Armenia
Some Roads are Closed in Armenia
Bodies of 30 Armenian Servicemen Returned by Azerbaijani Side Unrecognizable
Armenia Records 166036 Confirmed Coronavirus Cases
Lavrov: No Provocations Against Russian Peacekeepers in Nagorno-Karabakh
Azerbaijan President's Statement Contradicts point 8 of Statement Signed on November 9, 2020: Arman Tatoyan
Artsakh Authorities Find More Bodies of Fallen Troops in Ongoing Search Operations
Artsakh Security Chief: We Could Have Avoided the War
Colorado Identifies First Known Case of UK Coronavirus Variant in US
Biden Names Ike Hajinazarian as White House Regional Communications Director
Armenia to Import 2,250 Goods from Iran Instead of Turkey
Bodies of 1,111 Fallen Armenian Soldiers Retrieved So Far: Artsakh Emergency Service
Let's Believe that 2021 Will Restore Our Lost Dignity
Armenian, Azerbaijani Intelligence Chiefs Discuss PoW Exchange at Moscow-Mediated Meeting
Wind: 4 km/h