Elected in 1995
“For inventions and contributions covering biosensors, artificial organs and blood, and their medical applications worldwide.”
BY HARDY W. TROLANDER
LELAND C. CLARK JR., retired vice president of Synthetic Blood International, died at the home of his daughter, Rebecca, in Cincinnati, Ohio, on September 25, 2005. He was 86 years old.
Clark was born on December 4, 1918, in Rochester, New York, and attended elementary and secondary schools in Attica, New York. A marginal student, he surprised everyone, including himself, by getting a perfect score in science on what was the first administration of the Regents Exam in New York State. From that moment on, he applied himself fully with a clear view of his goal. After high school, he attended the co-op program at Antioch College, from which he graduated in 1941 with a B.S. in chemistry. This was followed by a National Research Council Fellowship at the University of Rochester, which led to a Ph.D. in biochemistry and physiology, awarded in 1944.
Clark then returned to Antioch to become an assistant professor of biochemistry and chairman of the Biochemistry Department in the Fels Institute on the Antioch campus. In essence, he founded the department and remained its head until 1958. From 1955 to 1958, he was also a senior research associate in pediatrics and surgery at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, Ohio.