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G.M. Cancer Research Award, Chas. F. Kettering, Relief, [Plaster]

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G.M. Cancer Research Award, Chas. F. Kettering, Relief, [Plaster]


Figure sculpture, American--20th century


Round plaster relief of Charles Kettering.

In 1978, the retired chairperson of General Motors Corporation, Roger Smith, conceived the idea for the GM Cancer Research Prize. This annual award recognizes, on an international basis, scientists who have made significant contributions to cancer research. The first awards were given on May 2, 1979. An award has been made annually since that time in memory of each person; Charles F. Kettering, Alfred P. Sloan & Charles S. Mott. In 2006, the award will be combined into one, rather than three awards.

Charles Franklin Kettering was born August 29, 1876. He was known as "Boss" Kettering. He received a degree from Ohio State University in Electrical Engineering in 1904. Kettering held more than 300 U.S. patents and among his inventions was: electric starters for automobiles, Freon, a treatment for venereal disease, and an incubator for premature infants. Kettering also had a town in Ohio named after him and had the first home in the United States to have air conditioning. He died November, 1958. In 1998 GMI (General Motors Institute) was renamed Kettering University.

This plaster relief is signed and dated by Fredericks. The medallion was minted in bronze and gold-plated bronze in 1979.


Fredericks, Marshall M., 1908-1998




Use of this image requires permission from the Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum




University Center (Mich.)

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Physical Dimensions

29" dia



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Object Location

Storage Room B - J


4/5/1994 Stable Stall I

10/25/1999 gifted to MFSM

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