James Till is university professor emeritus at the University of Toronto. Trained as a biophysicist, he is considered to be one of the founders of stem cell research because of seminal work he did in collaboration with Ernest McCulloch.

Till was born in 1931 in Lloydminster, Saskatchewan, Canada. Influenced to pursue a career in physics by his older brother, he received both a BA in 1952 and an MA in 1954 in physics from the University of Saskatchewan. He was introduced to the field of biophysics while completing his PhD in 1957 at Yale University under Dr. Ernest Pollard. Till joined the staff of the recently formed Ontario Cancer Institute (OCI) at Princess Margaret Hospital in 1957 at the request of Dr. Harold Johns, who had ...

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