Honorary Degree Recipient
Doctor of Science
School of Public Health, April 12, 2001
Ancel Keys was a leading member of the University of Minnesota faculty from the late 1930s to 1972 and is now Professor Emeritus in the Division of Epidemiology. He founded a quantitative human biology and fathered cardiovascular disease epidemiology. His work has influenced the life sciences, affected the eating habits of the Western world, and contributed largely to the decline in heart attack rates in this country. The Keys Equation, 40 years later, is still considered the most precise and valid measure and predictor of the effect of diet change on blood cholesterol level. He is the author of numerous distinguished monographs and many journal articles.
Biographies are as-of time of award presentation.