Alice M. Stewart interviews, 1984-1990  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Alice M. Stewart interviews
1984-1990 (inclusive)
1.3 linear feet
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Alice M. Stewart (1906-2002) was a British radiologist who did much ground-breaking work in radiation medicine. Beginning with studies of pediatric cancers, she later branched out into studies of Hiroshima and other nuclear warfare-induced cancers. Her work is here detailed in a series of audio-recorded interviews, presented in both cassette and written transcript forms.
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Biographical NoteReturn to Top

AliceStewart was born Alice Mary Naish in Sheffield, England in 1906. Stewart received a medical degree at Cambridge. Dr. Stewart was the first to demonstrate the link between X-rays of pregnant women and disease in their children. Dr. Stewart found that children of mothers who had an X-ray of their abdomen to determine the position of their babies were almost twice as likely to have cancer as other children. Dr. Stewart warned that low-dose radiation was more dangerous than physicians acknowledged, and as a result, physicians no longer x-ray pregnant women.

Dr. Stewart was an outstanding scientist with more than 400 peer-reviewed papers. Dr. Stewart took courageous stands on public issues and she argued that data on Hiroshima survivors, which were the main source for standards on the safe levels of radiation exposure, were deeply flawed and underestimated radiation's harmful effects.

In 1933, Alice married Ludovick Stewart. Their daughter, Anne, was born in 1934 and their son, Hughie, was born in 1937. Alice and Ludovick divorced in 1952 and Alice received custody of the children.

In 1941, Dr. Stewart joined Oxford and studied workers who filled shells with TNT at ammunition plants. Her conclusions that exposure to TNT impaired the body's ability to form blood led Britain to change its manufacturing techniques. Dr. Stewart left Oxford in 1974 and became a research fellow at the University of Birmingham in England.

Rudi Nussbaum, professor of physics at Portland State University in Oregon, invited Dr. Stewart for a sabbatical at Portland State University in 1984.

Dr. AliceStewart had four grandchildren. Dr. Stewart turned ninety in 1996 and she celebrated the event at her home with 135 friends and family. Dr. AliceStewart died on June 23, 2002 at the age of 95 in Oxford, England

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection consists of 18 audiocassette tapes and typed transcripts. The interviews with Stewart and a variety of other people focus on issues around exposure to radiation.

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Preferred Citation

Alice M. Stewart interviews, Collection Number 2003-002, Oregon Health & Science University, Historical Collections & Archives

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Interview TranscriptsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1
Correspondence & transcripts - tapes 2/1 and 2/2 - AliceStewart
1 2
Tape 1/2 - AliceStewart with Karen Steingart
1 3
Tape 2 - the health effects of nuclear radiation Cambridge forum
1 4
Tape 5/6 - AliceStewart with Tom Graham
1984 August 15
1 5
Tape 7/8 - AliceStewart with Tom Graham
1 6
Tape 1 - AliceStewart
1990 April 5
1 7
Tape 3/4 - AliceStewart
1 8
Tape 9/10 - AliceStewart
1 9
Tapes 11/12 and 13/14 - AliceStewart
1 10
Tape 17/18 - AliceStewart
1 11
PSR Press Conference - 3/22
1 12
City Club of Portland- AliceStewart 1990 April 6
1990 April 6
1 13
AliceStewart with Gayle Green
2 1
A.D. Handy Co. Presentation #1
2 2
A.D. Handy Co. Presentation #2
2 3
A.D. Handy Co. Presentation #3
2 4
PSR Press Conference 3/22 tape 19/20
1989 May 5
2 5
Tape 21/22 - AliceStewart
2 6
Tape 23/24 - AliceStewart
2 7
Tape 25/26 - AliceStewart
2 8
Tapes 27/28 - AliceStewart
2 9
Tapes 15/16 - AliceStewart
2 10
Tapes 29/30 & 31/32 - AliceStewart
2 11
Tapes 33/34 & 35/36 - AliceStewart

Interview AudioReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
3 1
18 audiocaswsette tapes

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Radiation
  • Radiology
  • Personal Names :
  • Steingart, Karen
  • Stewart, Alice M. (Alice Mary), 1906-2002
  • Corporate Names :
  • Physicians for Social Responsibility (U.S.) Oregon Chapter