G. Bennett Humphrey’s pursuit of an academic career began when he entered The University of Chicago’s combined MD/PhD program.
For relief from the demands of his graduate studies, he enjoyed various outdoor activities in the mountain and rivers of the West, as well as some of the culture benefits of the city of Chicago.
The author received a MD in 1960 and a PhD in biochemistry in1963. He also completed an internship and two years of residency in Internal Medicine and in the year before he entered the National Institutes of Health, he was a post-doctoral fellow in biochemistry in Mainz, Germany.
His historical non-fiction/memoir: BREAKING LITTLE BONES, Triumph and Trauma, The First Cures of Childhood leukemia, describe his one year spent as a clinical associate on the children’s leukemia ward, 2 East, at the National Cancer Institute, NIH, from July 1, 1964 through June 30, 1965.
From 1966 to 2005, he pursued a career in pediatric oncology; writing academic papers, teaching, conducting laboratory and clinical research, and caring for children with various malignancies. He has been a visiting professor in the US, Europe and Japan and was listed in the 1993-1994 edition of Who’sWho in the World.
In retirement, Ben’s activities included; long distant cycling, hiking, canine care, outdoor adventures in Colorado with grandchildren, and writing, and publishing prose and poetry. One poem from his chapbook, The Magpie Cries, resulted in his being named Senior Poet Laureate of Colorado for 2013, and he received a welcome review of BREAKING LITTLE BONES by Kirkus Reviews in 2017 and a positive judge’s critique for the 25th Annual Writer’s Digest Contest 2017.