Cincinnati professor nominated for Nobel dies

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by Associated Press

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Posted on December 21, 2012 at 8:51 PM

CINCINNATI (AP) -- The University of Cincinnati says an award-winning professor nominated for the Nobel Peace in medicine for work that opened the door to advances in fighting cancer has died. Elwood Jensen, who died Sunday of pneumonia, was 92.

Jensen was nominated multiple times for the Nobel Prize for his discovery of hormone receptors while at the University of Chicago in the 1950s and 1960s.

The ground-breaking discovery has helped doctors treat breast, thyroid and prostate cancer.

Jensen has won dozens of other awards for his work, including a Lasker Award for Basic Medical Research, a prize that is considered America's Nobel.

Jensen, who grew up in Springfield in western Ohio and has taught at the University of Cincinnati for the past 10 years, is survived by a wife and two grown children.

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