Michael Phelps is internationally recognized as
the inventor of the positron emission tomography (PET)
scanner. PET provides scientists and physicians with a
window into the living body, enabling them to see and
measure its chemical and biological functions. Dr. Phelp's
discoveries heralded the blending of biology and medicine to
form a new specialty that seeks out and corrects the
molecular errors that produce disease.
Dr. Phelps received his bachelor degree in chemistry and
mathematics form Western Washington State University in
1965. He earned his doctorate in chemistry from Washing
University, ST. Louis, in 1970. Before joining UCLA in 1976,
Dr. Phelps was a faculty member at the medical schools of
Washington University and University of Pennsylvania.
During his 30-year career, Dr. Phelps has published more
than 600 scientific articles, books and book chapters;
server as principle or co-principal investigator of $210
million in research grants; and received more than $17
million in private donations to support his work.