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Professor Emeritus, Department of Genetics

Leonard A. Herzenberg, Ph.D.


1955-1957 American Cancer Society Postdoctoral Fellow
Pasteur Institute, Paris,  France
Mentor:  Prof. Jacques Monod

1957-1959 Officer, United States Public Health Service
National Institutes of Health,  Bethesda, MD
Mentor:  Dr. Harry Eagle

1959-present Assistant Professor, Associate Professor and (currently) Professor
Department of Genetics,
Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, California


Please see Publications link above


Brooklyn College (currently New York CityUniversity), Brooklyn, New York, 1952.        A.B., Biology, Chemistry

California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California, 1955. PhD., Biochemistry, Immunology       



American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, Fellow, 2008

“Ruggero Ceppellini” – Torino Medical Award, June 2007.

Kyoto Prize in Biotechnology and Medical Technology.  The Inamori Foundation, Kyoto Japan., November 2006  "Outstanding contribution to life sciences with the development of a flow cytometer that uses fluorescent-labeled monoclonal antibodies"

Abbott Laboratories Award in Clinical and Diagnostic Immunology -American Society for Microbiology, 2005. The 2005 Abbott-Laboratories Award in Clinical and Diagnostic Immunology is presented to Leonard A. Herzenberg, Ph.D., Professor at Stanford University School of Medicine, Department of Genetics.  Dr. Herzenberg is honored for the technological advances he has made in clinical immunology and basic science.  Dr. Herzenberg developed the Fluorescence Activated Cell Sorter (FACS) in the late 1960s as a central tool for characterizing, counting, and sorting viable normal and neoplastic cells.  By the late 1970s, FACS were being built and sold to laboratories all over the world.  Today an estimated 30,000 instruments for FACS in use.

 Novartis Special Prize in Immunology.  2004.  As an exception to the usual practice of awarding two prizes, one for achievement in basic immunology and the other for achievement in clinical immunology, the 2004 jury added a 'Special Novartis Immunology Prize'.  Dr. Herzenberg was cited for his pioneering work on fluorescent activated cell sorting (FACS) and the introduction of fluorescent-labeled antibodies as reliable FACS reagents [because] FACS analysis and sorting has made possible most of the real advances in both basic and clinical immunology in the last thirty years.

American Association of Clinical Chemistry. 2002. Edwin F. Ullman Award. Cited for the development of monoclonal antibodies and the Fluorescence Activated Cell Sorter (FACS) as complementary tools for biomedical studies.

Herzenberg Laboratory for Flow Cytometry. Est. 1999. Universidad de Salamanca, Salamanca, Spain. Cited for being “the Father of Flow Cytometry”.

American Association of Immunologists.  1998.  Lifetime achievement award.  Cited for contributions to immunology and for inventing the Fluorescent Activated Cell Sorter. 

ComputerWorld Smithsonian Award, 1996.  Cited in recognition of visionary use of [FACS] information technology in the field of Medicine.

Annual Leonard A. Herzenberg Lecture, Est 1996. Canadian Flow Consensus Meeting. Cited for seminal contributions to establishment of the field of flow cytometry.

International Cytometry Symposium Award, 1994. Cited for pioneering achievement in the conception and development of the first Fluorescence-Activated Cell Sorter (FACS) in 1968.

Honored guest, New York Academy of Sciences Conference, 1993.  Cited for the initial demonstration (1979) that fetal cells can be isolated from maternal blood with the Fluorescence Activated Cell Sorter (FACS).

National Cancer Institute Outstanding Investigator Award, 1993 (and 1985). The second of two consecutive, seven-year, unrestricted-research funding awards.  Approximately 100 awards were made initially; very few were given a second time.

American Society for Microbiology, Honorary Life Fellow, 1992.

Smithsonian Institution, acquisition of the Herzenberg Laboratory Fluorescence Activated Cell Sorter (FACS) for the permanent collection. 1989.  Primary acquisition:  the first Fluorescence Activated Cell Sorter (FACS-I), used for biomedical research in the Herzenberg Laboratory, 1973-1989.  Associated acquisitions: documents, oral history, and photographs.

American Association for the Advancement of Science, Honorary Life Fellow, 1987

Guggenheim Fellow, 1986 (rare award of a second fellowship)

Pasteur Institute, Paris, France 1986, awarded for FACS and immunology studies with the Faculty at the Institute.

National Cancer Institute Outstanding Investigator Award, 1985. The first of two consecutive, seven-year, unrestricted-research funding awards (awarded again in 1993).

National Academy of Sciences (US), elected for life, 1982.  Cited for development and applications of the Fluorescence-Activated Cell Sorter (FACS) and the discovery of the IgH chromosome region.

New York City University, Brooklyn College, Distinguished Alumnus,1980.

Cambridge University, England. 1978, awarded for studies with Dr. Cesar Milstein coupling hybridoma and FACS technology and applications

Guggenheim Fellow, 1976 (awarded a second time in 1986)

Clare Hall, Cambridge University, Life Fellow, elected 1976

Phi Beta Kappa

Sigma Xi, a Science/Research Honorary Fraternity