It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Professor Peter Mazur on 12/31/15. Peter was an outstanding scientist with a remarkable career and is considered a giant and pioneer in the area of cryobiology. Peter came to East Tennessee and took a position in the Biology Division at ORNL in 1959. During his tenure at ORNL he published numerous seminal findings on cryopreservation and the biophysics guiding freezing damage to cells and tissues, and developed the “Two Factor Theory” which is a central tenant of cryobiology and cryopreservation of biological systems. Peter has been a research professor in BCMB for 19 years, and during that time he has maintained his passion for science and his high productivity (he has been continuously funded as an NIH R01 PI during his tenure in BCMB).
If you would like to learn more about Peter and his remarkable career, we would refer you to the following links: