Edith Hinkley was born in Rockford, Illinois back in 1891 to Arthur and Harriet. In 1912 she graduated from Whitman College with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and physics. In 1914 she earned her master’s degree at the University of California.
In 1916 she married Shirley Leon and moved to New York City taking a job at the Memorial hospital for Cancer and Allied Diseases as assistant physicist to Giocchion Failla. She started research in the treatment for cancer on in other medical research applications. In 1941 she joined the faculty of Cornell University Medical College s an assistant professor of radiology retiring in 1960. Of course, for those associated with the medical field I’m writing about Edith Hinkley Quimby.
She died in 1982 at 91. Now for those of you who are not in the study of medicine I can now tell you what she will be written in the history books for and that is she is best known as one of the founders of nuclear medicine. She is one of the first members of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine.