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Daniel Billen Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MS-1329

These laboratory notebooks document Daniel Billen's experiments regarding radiation's effects on microorganisms, tissues, and embryos.

Dates

  • 1961 November 15-1964 January 20, undated

Conditions Governing Access

Collections are stored offsite, and a minimum of 2 business days are needed to retrieve these items for use. Researchers interested in consulting any of the collections are advised to contact Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in this collection remain with the creator. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library.

Extent

2 Linear Feet

Abstract

These laboratory notebooks document Daniel Billen's experiments regarding radiation's effects on microorganisms, tissues, and embryos.

Biographical/Historical Note

Daniel Billen was born in New York City, New York on November 27, 1924. He earned his BS (1948) from Cornell University and his MS (1949) and PhD (1951) from the University of Tennessee. Billen began his professional career as an Instructor of Bacteriology at the University of Tennessee (1950-1951) and went on to work as a Biologist at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (1951-1957) before accepting a position with the M. D. Anderson Hospital and Tumor Institute in Houston, Texas. Here, he worked as an Associate Biologist and Microbiology Section Chief (1957-1961) and as a Biologist and Radiation Biology Section Chief (1961-1966) in addition to heading the National Science Foundation's Metabolic Biology Program (1960-1961), serving on the University of Texas Biomedical Sciences Graduate School's graduate faculty (1960-1966), teaching Biology at the University of Texas (1965-1966), and helping to organize the Radiation Protection and Recovery Conference (1964). He became Head of the Radiation Biology Laboratory and Professor of Radiation Biology at the University of Florida in 1966, where he remained until accepting the directorship of the University of Tennessee-Oak Ridge Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences in 1974.

Billen married Eleanor Berlin on March 2, 1951 and the couple had three children: Jerome (1955-), Rhonda (1953-), and Robin (1961-).

Arrangement

This collection consists of two boxes.

Acquisition Note

Daniel Billen donated these notebooks to the University of Tennessee on January 27, 1988.

Related Archival Materials

Interested researchers may also wish to consult:

  1. MS.1501: Daniel Billen Papers, 1965-1980

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

Contact:
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA
865-974-4480