Abraham W. Hsie


Distinguished Alumni Service Award (1980)
M.A., 1965; Ph.D., 1969


Abraham Wuhsiung Hsie was a brilliant scientist and teacher whose research in carcinogen detection is of enormous importance to mankind. He came to Indiana University for the National Taiwan University, to earn two degrees in specialized areas of the biological sciences and to gain a reputation as an excellent teacher.

During postdoctoral studies at the University of Colorado, he made germinal observations indicating a relationship between cyclic nucleotide metabolism, and the regulation of normal and abnormal growth, which precipitated a new direction in research in the laboratories all over the country. Hsie was then group leader of mammalian cell genetic toxicology at the Biology Division of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and professor of biomedical sciences at the University of Tennessee-Oak Ridge Graduate School. He successfully led in the field of gene mutation, quantitative mutagenesis, and mutagen screening with mammalian cells in culture.

Hsie was an ingenious experimenter and an effective organizer, and his enthusiasm created a stimulating environment for his students, and encouraged significant scientific accomplishments. With a colleague, he recorded the progress of their fundamental research in a prodigious list of publications. he was a member of leading scientific editorial and advisory boards, and was accorded membership in the most prestigious learned and professional societies.