Peter Mazur Award

The Society for Cryobiology established the Peter Mazur Award Award in 2022
to recognize individuals who have made significant and sustained contributions to cryobiology over the course of their career. Contributions to cryobiology can include scientific impact through journal publications or other work that produces significant leaps of knowledge with impacts in academia or industry, service to the Society for Cryobiology, or legacy in the form of students, co-workers or staff who continue to have an impact in the field.

The Peter Mazur Award is intended to represent the highest honor that can be bestowed by the Society for Cryobiology.

Nominations are currently open. There is no closing date. 

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 Peter Mazur Biography & Resources

Mazur 1977

All fields produce towering greats, and to the field of cryobiology, Peter Mazur was precisely that.

Peter was born in 1928 and graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University in 1949, and obtained his PhD in 1953. He spent 2 years as a Post-Doctoral Fellow at Princeton University, and in 1959 he moved to Oak Ridge, Tennessee to join the Biology Division at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), where he began a distinguished career spanning nearly six decades, during which he published more than 170 scientific papers. 

Mazur 1970s at ORNLPeter's greatest achievements include the '2 factor hypothesis', effective cryopreservation processes for haemopoietic stem cells, successful cryopreservation of mouse and drosophila embryos, and development and validation of ultra-rapid laser warming to avoid ice crystal formation, to name just a few. You can read more about Peter's achievements in 'Peter Mazur In Memoriam' that was published in Cryobiology Vol. 72 Issue 2 (April 2016). 

Trainees of Peter include, to name just a few, Stanley Leibo, Bill Rall, Ray Rajotte, John Armitage, Uli Schneider, Igor Katkov, Chihiro Koshimoto, Keisuke Edashige, Shinsuke Seki, Bo Jin, Fritz Kleinhans, and Estefania Paredes.

Over his long and brilliant career, Peter Mazur received numerous honors and awards: he was one of the first three recipients of the Society for Cryobiology's Fellowship Medal (2005); he was a long-serving member of the Board of Governors of the Society for Cryobiology, its President from 1973 to 1974, and a Member of the Editorial Board of the Journal Cryobiology from 1967 until his death. At ORNL he became a Corporate Fellow in 1985 and was chair of the ORNL Corporate Fellows Council from 1994 to 1996. In 1993 he received the Distinguished Service Award from the AATB. Of his 170 scientific publications 4 were named as Citation Classics by the Institute for Scientific Information. He enjoyed his work as a member of the Space Science Board of the National Academy of Sciences where he was chairman of the Exobiology Committee and dealt with the question of life on Mars and the Viking Missions.