Arthur W. Rowe, PhD

Title: Educator, Scientist, Cryobiologist (Retired)
Company: New York University Medical School
Location: Stamford, CT

Arthur W. Rowe, PhD, educator, scientist, and retired cryobiologist at New York University Medical School, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in low-temperature medicine and transfusion.

Dr. Rowe is a pioneer in the field of cryobiology, blood banking, and low-temperature medicine best known for his work on the development of a method for freezing blood supply that has become crucial to maintaining an adequate supply of rare blood for New York medical facilities. Interested in science since childhood, he worked in a medical laboratory while serving in the United States Army during the Korean conflict, where his interest in science blossomed into a fascination with biochemistry. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in biology and chemistry from Duke University and completed his Doctor of Philosophy in biochemistry at Rutgers University in 1960 after spending four years as a research assistant. He began his career as a research chemist for Union Carbide Corporation, departing in 1964 to join the New York Blood Center, where he would spend the next 24 years as an investigator and more than a decade as director of cryobiology.

Alongside the clinical and investigative work that Dr. Rowe oversaw as director of cryobiology at the New York Blood Center, he also continued to teach for much of his career. In 1969, he was named an associate professor at the New York University Medical School, rising to professor in 1983, and he served as adjunct faculty at the State University of New York at Binghamton between 1988 and 1994. In addition to his regular appointments, Dr. Rowe was a visiting professor at international institutions including the University of Damascus, Jadavpur University, and the Helmholtz Institute RWTH and a member of the Board of Directors of the International Society of Cryosurgery. As a leader in his specialty, he has consulted for the National Institutes of Health and sat on the editorial board of the Journal of Cryobiology and Cryoletters for more than 20 years. Dr. Rowe holds six patents for novel technologies in low-temperature medicine, has published over 200 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters and is the winner of the W. Rowe Award for Outstanding Paper in Cryobiology. In recognition of his career contributions to his discipline, Dr. Rowe was named an Outstanding Blood Banker by the State of New York in 1985, made a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and presented with an Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award in addition to receiving the Society for Cryobiology’s highest honor, a Lifetime Achievement Award.


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