Hsu, T. C. (Tao-Chiuh), 1917-

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Dr. Tao-Chiuh (T. C.) Hsu is considered internationally to be the father of modern cytogenetics. He was born and raised in China where he did his undergraduate work at the National University of Chekiang in 1941. Dr. Hsu came to the United States to pursue graduate studies in zoology at the University of Texas in Austin, 1948. This was followed by doctorate studies and post-doctoral research at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston from 1951 to 1955. In 1952, Dr. Hsu accidentally discovered the hypotonic solution to separate a chromosome, a breakthrough for cytogenetic research.

Dr. Hsu became associate professor at M. D. Anderson in 1955. He built a laboratory which fostered an international community of scientists in cytogenetic research. Dr. Hsu always welcomed collaboration and helped identify a unique method of charting individual segments of chromosomes.

Dr. Hsu’s contribution to medical research includes over 300 scientific articles. He was the editor for the Atlas of Mammalian Chromosomes and the author of a book in cytogenetics. Dr. Hsu was a member of several influential cellular research societies, including the National Institute of Health section of cellular studies and the American Society for Cell Biology. He was also a prolific guest speaker at numerous cancer and genetics conferences. Dr. Hsu was a well respected faculty member at M. D. Anderson, where he won numerous awards recognizing his work. He also held several presidential and chair positions within the institution. . Dr. Hsu passed away July 9, 2003 at the age of 86.

From the guide to the T. C. Hsu Oral History Interview 2 Hsu_TC_20010510., May 10, 2001, (Historical Resources Center, Research Medical Library, The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center)

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referencedIn Director's Office Records: Ernst Bertner and R. Lee Clark. HRC RG1 SG1., 1941-1975 Historical Resources Center, Research Medical Library, The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center
referencedIn President's Office Records: R. Lee Clark. HRC RG1 SG2., 1966-1982 Historical Resources Center, Research Medical Library, The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center
creatorOf T. C. Hsu Oral History Interview 2 Hsu_TC_20010510., May 10, 2001 Historical Resources Center, Research Medical Library, The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center
referencedIn T. C. Hsu oral history OH-HsuTC-20010411., April 11, 2001 Historical Resources Center, Research Medical Library, The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center
referencedIn Director's Office Records: Ernst Bertner and R. Lee Clark. HRC RG1 SG1., 1941-1975 Historical Resources Center, Research Medical Library, The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center
referencedIn President's Office Records: Charles A. LeMaistre. HRC RG1 SG5., 1969-1998 Historical Resources Center, Research Medical Library, The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center
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associatedWith Brinkley, William R. person
associatedWith Brunet, Lesley Williams person
associatedWith Brunet, Lesley Williams person
associatedWith Haas, Felix Levere, 1917- person
associatedWith Hsu, T. C. (Tao-Chiuh), Hsu, T. C. (Tao-Chiuh), 1917- person
associatedWith Making Cancer History Voices Oral History Collection person
associatedWith Pathak, Sen person
associatedWith Strong, Louise C., 1944- person
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associatedWith University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. Director's Office. corporateBody
associatedWith University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. President's Office. corporateBody
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Cell Line
Genetics--Research
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Laboratories, Hospital
Hospitals, Special
Molecular biology
Cell biology
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Oral History
Chromosome Banding
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Genetics
Houston (TX)
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Birth 1917-04-17

Death 2003-07-09

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