American Cryonics Society

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American Cryonics Society
FoundedDecember 10, 1969 (1969-12-10)
FounderDr. M. Coleman Harris, Edgar Swank, Dr. Grace Talbot, Jerome B. White[1]
Registration no.C0587199
Coordinates37°22′17.1048″N 122°2′8.718″W / 37.371418000°N 122.03575500°W / 37.371418000; -122.03575500
Formerly called
Bay Area Cryonics Society

The American Cryonics Society (ACS), also known as the Cryonics Society of America, is a member-run, California-based, 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organization that supports and promotes research and education into cryonics and cryobiology. Cryonics is the freezing of human corpses and brains in liquid nitrogen after legal death, with hopes of resurrecting and restoring them to full health in the unlikely event some new technology can be developed in the future.[2] Cryonics is a pseudoscience.[3] It is regarded with skepticism within the mainstream scientific community and has been characterized as quackery.[4]

The American Cryonics Society is the oldest cryonics organization still in existence.[5]


The American Cryonics Society was first incorporated in 1969 in San Francisco as the Bay Area Cryonics Society (BACS).[6]

In 2002 when CryoSpan opted to close down its long-term cryogenic storage operations, 10 ACS patients and a number of pets were transferred to the Cryonics Institute (CI) facility in Michigan.[7] The American Cryonics Society had contracted with CI for the long-term cryogenic storage of a number of other members prior to the 2002 patient transfer. The ACS inspects CI yearly to ensure ACS quality standards are met.[8] The extra funds charged to ACS members beyond CI minimums could be used for moving the patients in the future if necessary, or other uses.[8]

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  1. ^ Swank, Edgar (October 2010). "The top 13 reasons to join ACS". Retrieved 2011-02-11.
  2. ^ Devlin, Hannah (18 November 2016). "The cryonics dilemma: will deep-frozen bodies be fit for new life?". The Guardian. Retrieved 21 January 2019.
  3. ^ Steinbeck RL (29 September 2002). "Mainstream science is frosty over keeping the dead on ice". Chicago Tribune.
  4. ^ Butler K (1992). A Consumer's Guide to "Alternative" Medicine. Prometheus Books. p. 173.
  5. ^ Guynn, Jessica (2002). "Techies go for ice-cold afterlife". Contra Costa Times. Retrieved 2009-08-26.
  6. ^ Mondragon, Carlos (1994). "Defining the Cryonics Institution". Cryonics and Life Extension Conference. Alcor Life Extension Foundation. Retrieved 2009-08-23.
  7. ^ Best, Ben (2008). "A History of Cryonics" (PDF). The Immortalist. Cryonics Institute. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-06-28. Retrieved 2009-08-24.
  8. ^ a b Best, Ben (2008). "Revival Assets Seminar" (PDF). The Immortalist. Cryonics Institute. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-11-23. Retrieved 2009-08-26.

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