Alan Davison

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Alan Davison FRS (1936 – November 14, 2015) was a British inorganic chemist known for his work on transition metals, and a professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.[1]

He earned a B.Sc. from Swansea University in 1959, and Ph.D. from Imperial College London in 1962, for which he was supervised by Nobel Laureate Sir Geoffrey Wilkinson.[2] He discovered the radioactive heart imaging agent Cardiolite (Technetium (99mTc) sestamibi).[3]

He died after a long illness on 14 November 2015 at the age of 79.[4]


He has been awarded the following:[2]

  • Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellow (1967)
  • Paul C. Aebersold Award for Outstanding Achievement in Basic Science Applied to Nuclear Medicine (1993)
  • Ernest H. Swift Lectureship at the California Institute of Technology (1999)
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of London (2000)
  • American Chemical Society Award for Creative Invention (2006).
  • Jacob Heskel Gabbay Award for Biotechnology and Medicine (2006) [5]


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