Thomas B. Fitzpatrick

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Thomas B. Fitzpatrick (1919–2003) was a Chairman of the Department of Dermatology at Harvard Medical School and Chief of the Massachusetts General Hospital Dermatology Service from 1959 to 1987.

In 1975, he devised the Fitzpatrick scale which described the common tanning behaviour of various skin types.[1]


  1. ^ Fitzpatrick TB: Soleil et peau [Sun and skin]. Journal de Médecine Esthétique 1975; 2:33-34