Henry Lemon Bio


After graduating cum laude from Harvard Medical School in 1940, Dr. Henry Lemon held positions at the University of Chicago Clinics and Boston University School of Medicine before being appointed the first director of the Eugene C. Eppley Institute for Research in Cancer and Allied Diseases at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC). He served as director of the institute from 1961 to 1968. He was a professor of Internal Medicine, and served as the Assistant Dean, Research Affairs at UNMC from 1961-1965.

Dr. Lemon was instrumental in establishing UNMC as a major cancer research and treatment center. He warned of the cancer-causing effects of cigarette smoking in the mid 1960s, developed better methods of administering chemotherapy and contributed to a program that improved the teaching of cancer in medical schools. Dr. Lemon’s research focused on estrogen metabolism and breast cancer. 

Dr. Lemon trained numerous students and fellows in his laboratories in both Boston and Omaha, and was author or co-author of over 170 publications during his career. He died in 1997.