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AACR Timeline—Focus on Knowledge Dissemination: 1916-1939


Richard Weil
Richard P. Weil
Katsusaboro Yamagiwa


  • AACR’s first Honorary member, Katsusaboro Yamagiwa, is named. (In 2013, the AACR Fellows program replaces Honorary membership.)

Wilhelm Meyer
Wilhelm Meyer


  • The first Annual Meeting symposium is held: “The Present Status of Surgery and Radiation in the Treatment of Cancer.”


  • The first published AACR Presidential Address appears in The Journal of Cancer Research: Wilhelm Meyer, “Some Notes on Cancer: With Special Reference to the Parasitic Theory.”


Francis Carter Wood
Francis Carter Wood
  • In January, the first issue of The American Journal of Cancer, which replaces The Journal of Cancer Research, is published. Francis Carter Wood, the editor of The Journal of Cancer Research, continues as editor of the new journal.
James B. Murphy
James B. Murphy


  • The AACR appoints its first Annual Meeting Program Committee: Chairperson James B. Murphy, Fred W. Stewart, and William H. Woglom. This marks the start of a tradition of appointing distinguished scientists as chairs of program committees.


  • Regional sections are established in Minnesota and Western New York.


  • The Annual Meeting is extended to two days, April 5-6.
1907-1915: The Founding Years
1940-1963: Rapid Growth of Research and the AACR