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AACR Timeline—Emerging Leadership in the Cancer Community: 1964-1981



  • The first Certificates of Award (later named Public Service Awards) are presented to Mary Lasker, Sen. Lister Hill (D-AL), and Rep. John E. Fogarty (D-RI) (posthumously). The citations are published in Cancer Research
Mary Lasker
Mary Lasker
Sen. Lister Hill
Sen. Lister Hill (D-AL)
Rep. John E. Fogarty
Rep. John E. Fogarty (D-RI)


The AACR publishes its first statement on smoking, which includes a request that Annual Meeting attendees refrain from smoking in meeting rooms. Additional statements are issued over the next several decades.


  • The inaugural AACR insignia is designed by Bernette B. Law, spouse of former AACR President Lloyd W. Law.


  • AACR leaders advocate for the passing of the National Cancer Act and attend the signing at the White House on December 23.


  • The signing of the National Cancer Act is commemorated at the Annual Meeting.


  • Poster Sessions are held at the Annual Meeting for the first time.


Paul Carbone
Paul P. Carbone
Frederick Phillips
Frederick S. Phillips
  • The inaugural AACR-Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Memorial Award is presented to Paul P. Carbone.
  • The first AACR science policy committee, the Public Issues Committee, is formed.


Malcome A.S. Moore
Malcolm A.S. Moore


  • The inaugural Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cancer Research (formerly the Rhoads Award) is presented to Malcolm A.S. Moore.


  • Annual Meeting attendance exceeds 3,000.
1940-1963: Rapid Growth of Research and the AACR
1982-1999: A New Era of Expansion