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Britton Chance

Olympic medal record
Men's Sailing
Gold Helsinki 1952 5.5 metre class

Britton Chance (born July 24, 1913) is Eldridge Reeves Johnson University Professor Emeritus of Biophysics at the University of Pennsylvania. He received a B.A. (1935), M.A. (1936) and Ph.D. in 1940 at the University of Pennsylvania, where he was a member of St. Anthony Hall, and a second at Cambridge University in 1942. In 1952 he received as D.Sc. from Cambridge. His research interests focus on the use of infrared light to characterize the properties of various tissues and the breast tumors. He joined the United States National Academy of Sciences in 1952. Chance received the National Medal of Science in 1974.

He is the inventor of both fNIR and an LED breast cancer screening device using the technology. [1]

He won a gold medal for the United States at the 1952 Summer Olympics in the 5½ Meter Class, alongside Edgar White and Sumner White.


  • SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering Fellow, 2007

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