John Hundale Lawrence

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

John Hundale Lawrence was born in Canton, South Dakota to Carl and Gunda back in 1904.  I wrote about his brother Ernest the other day.  He graduated from the Canton High School, before enrolling at the University of South Dakota.  He continued his education getting his M.D. degree from the Harvard Medical School.

He had a long-term association with the University of California, Berkeley working at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.  He discovered treatments for leukemia and polycythemia by injecting mice with radioactive phosphorus derived from the cyclotron invented by his brother.  His main field was working with cancer patients. He was awared the Enrico Fermi Award in 1983.  He received honorary degrees from the University of South Dakota, University of Bordeaux and the Catholic University of America.  He was awarded the Caldwell Medal of the American Roetgen Ray Society, the MacKenzie Davidson Medal of the British Institute of Radiology, a medal from Pope Pius XII, the Silver Medal of the University of Bordeaux, the Silver Cross of the Greek Royal Order of the Phoenix and the Pasteur Medal from the Pasteur Institute of Paris.

What you may not now about Dr. Lawrence is that he pioneered the usage of radioactive tracer techniques to study the impact of disease on metabolic processes.  In 1949, he became the first physician to use a radioactively labelled noble gas for diagnostic purposes in humans.

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Comments (20)

Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Curiosity was a large part of each brother’s thinking and the world benefited. Enjoy your day.

May 03, 2021 03:44 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello James - I could benefit from additional medical research knowledge just to read this post - there's a lot here to digest(far beyond my brain).  

May 03, 2021 03:52 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning again, James... I can tell this was a very important figure in the field of medicine... I just wish I understood what he really did. Way above my pay grade.

May 03, 2021 04:12 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James - like Wayne says curiosity is the key and then following through.

May 03, 2021 04:48 AM
Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em:

Jaames being a History buff, I so enjoy your short, informative posts. Great post and make it the best Monday.  Bill Salvatore

May 03, 2021 06:14 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

This post is quite appropriate for today given the news of our dear friend Lottie Kendall 

May 03, 2021 06:17 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY

Good morning James,

His procedure has helped many get through their illness.

Make yourself an awesome day.

May 03, 2021 06:23 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, James, for sharing this story. Take care, be safe and have a productive week.

May 03, 2021 07:07 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


This was an amazing discovery, and I am certain it helped many people.  Happy Monday. A

May 03, 2021 07:30 AM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

Quite an amazing life he had. This was one great family tree, that is for sure.

May 03, 2021 07:57 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Good morning James! Another fascinating biography with great accomplishment

May 03, 2021 09:12 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Paul- it is amazing when we think of all of the accomplishments and discoveries made by so many that continue to impact us. 

May 03, 2021 12:20 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray,

It is so nice to highlight the legacy of a man who has pioneered cancer research. Thank you for sharing it.

May 03, 2021 04:52 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi James,  Thanks for sharing the story of John Lawrence and his brother.  Very talented men - who worked well together to accomplish so much for medical research.

May 03, 2021 06:00 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

I assume he saved my life James as I was served radioactive iodine to desolve my hyperactive thyroid which would have killed me.

May 03, 2021 07:31 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I can't believe that happened way back in 1949. Technology just keeps on going James Dray 

May 03, 2021 07:50 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

James always suprised to read and learn about the various names that did so much for mankind and hardly  anyone knows of them, Endre

May 03, 2021 10:25 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

While I don't understand the details of all he accomplished I can certainly appreciate the value.

May 04, 2021 08:36 AM
Dorte Engel
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Bowie, MD
ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland

Dear James,

This is amazing technology, because it let's you peek inside a body without cutting it open. If you can detect the exact location of cancer, for example, you can plan a much more effective and less invasive surgery, which is better for the patient.

May 19, 2021 08:58 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

The Lawrence Brothers were certainly quite a pair. It is hard to imagine so many smart brain cells in one family.

Oct 09, 2021 02:50 PM