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FINDING CURES TOGETHER<sup>SM</sup>

​AACR Timeline– Rapid Growth of Research and the AACR: 1940-1963

1940

  • On March 18, at a Business Meeting held during the 33rd Annual Meeting, the first AACR Board of Directors is elected.
    • 1940-1941 
      Elexious T. Bell
      George H.A. Clowes
      Clarence C. Little
      William H. Woglom
    • 1940-1942
      James Ewing
      James B. Murphy
      George M. Smith
      Carl Voegtlin
    • 1940-1943
      Howard B. Andervont
      Halsey J. Bagg
      Burton T. Simpson
      Alphonse A. Thibaudeau

  • On March 19, at the Business Meeting, the AACR's certificate of incorporation is adopted.

  • The American Journal of Cancer ceases publication with the December issue. Editor-in-chief Francis Carter Wood writes a farewell editorial.

1941

1943

1947

  • At the 38th Annual Meeting, May 16-17, a policy presentation is made: "On the Organization and Support of Cancer Research" (proceedings page 739), which concludes that the AACR should advocate for increased funding.

1952

  • A registration fee of $3.00 is introduced for the Annual Meeting.

  • Hugh J. Creech (right) is appointed Secretary-Treasurer (chief administrator); he serves the AACR in that position until 1977.

1953

  • Annual Meeting attendance is recorded for the first time. A total of 487 people attend the 44th Annual Meeting.

1957

1959

  • AACR membership exceeds 1,000.

1961

1963

  • Cancer Research moves to publication by a commercial publisher (Williams & Wilkins, later Waverly Press).

1964-1981: Emerging Leadership in the Cancer Community