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Edward J. Hoffman, UCLA Professor and Co-Inventor of the PET Scanner, Dies at 62


Dr.Edward J. Hoffman, co-inventor of the widely used positron emission tomography(PET) scanner, died July 1 at age 62.

Hoffman,a professor in the departments of molecular and medical pharmacology andradiological sciences in the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, was alsoknown for his strong leadership as program director of the Biomedical PhysicsInterdepartmental Graduate Program. Additionally, he was president of the IEEENuclear and Plasma Sciences Society, chief editor of the IEEE-NMIS Journal, anda member of the UCLA Graduate Council.

"Ed was awonderful scientist with a great mind and a good heart," said Dr. MichaelPhelps, chairman of the department of molecular and medical pharmacology. "Hewas devoted to the many students that learned to do science in his lab and havethemselves gone out in the world to create their own successes, neverforgetting the precious present given them by Ed."

Hoffmanwas born in 1942 in St. Louis. He attended Bishop DuBourg High School. Heearned his Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from St. Louis University in1963, and his Ph.D. in nuclear chemistry from Washington University in St.Louis in 1970. He completed his postgraduate work in nuclear chemistry at theBenjamin Franklin Institute at the University of Pennsylvania. In 1972 hejoined the faculty of Washington University's School of Medicine, where he andPhelps began developing what later became known as the PET scanner.Subsequently, Phelps and Hoffman moved to the University of Pennsylvania.

In 1976 they came to the UCLA School ofMedicine with a close-knit group of researchers. They joined the department ofradiological sciences and the laboratory of nuclear medicine and radiationbiology.

In hisyears at UCLA, Hoffman achieved international recognitionin the science field of medical imaging. He received many awards over theyears, most recently the 2002 IEEE Medical Imaging Scientist Award. He was amember of the Society of Nuclear Medicine, a charter member of the IEEE/MedicalImaging Society, and a member of the Scientific and Medical Advisory Board ofGamma-Medica Inc.

Hoffmanleaves behind Carolyn, his wife of 33 years; his mother, Marcella Hoffman;sisters Judy Archer, Linda Briesacher and Patti Hoffman; brother Jim Hoffman;and aunt Mary LaFata, all of St. Louis; sister Kay Trost of Plano, Texas,brother John Hoffman of Windsor, Mo.; and many extended family members.Hoffman's father, Fred Hoffman, died in 1980.

Twomemorial services are scheduled: the first will be at 1 p.m. on July 10 at theUCLA Faculty Center, 480 Charles Young Dr. on the UCLA campus. Parking isavailable in Lot 2. The second service will be at 11 a.m., July 24, at GrahamChapel on the campus of Washington University in St. Louis.

In lieuof flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Edward J. HoffmanGraduate Fellowship Fund, UCLA Biomedical Physics Interdepartmental GraduateProgram, 1V‑365 CHS, 10833 Le Conte Ave., Box 951721, Los Angeles,CA 90095-1721. Make checks payable tothe UCLA Foundation. For more information, contact Terry Moore at (310) 825‑7811.



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