Lawrence H. Lanzl


To Lawrence H. Lanzl for his outstanding applications of Physics to radiation therapy and for his many contributions nationally and internationally to the field of medical physics and the training of physicits in medicine.

Professor of Medical Physics, Department of Therapeutic Radiology, Rush Medical College; Senior Scientist, Rush-Presbytarian-St. Luke's Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois

  • BS, Physics, 1943 Northwestern Universtiy
  • MS, Physics, 1947
  • PhD, Physics, 1951

Dr. Lanzl joined the University of Chicago Cancer Research Hospital as a senior physicist in 1951. He was subsequently appointed to the professional staff of the Department of Radiology where he remained until 1980 when he retired to become senior scientist at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center and professor in the Department of Therapeutic Radiology at Rush Medical College.

Dr. Lanzl has worked in hospitals and universities most of his life, and has made outstanding a contributions to radiation therapy. He developed high-energy electron beam techniques, cobalt source technology, and californium-252 neutron sources. He is the “father” of radiation dosimetry phantom used in planning the radiation dosages for patients and was a leader in organizing the technical and training standards for the profession of medical physics. He has published more than 290 articles. He played a major role in the founding of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine in 1958 and served as its president in 1966-1967.

He has received the Coolidge Award, American Association of Physicists in Medicine, 1978; has served as president of Radiation and Medical Physics Society of Chicago, 1961-1963; and is a fellow, American College of Radiology.

Current as of 1984.