Eric J. Hall was born in Wales, received his undergraduate degree from University College, London in 1953 and his doctorate from Oriel College, Oxford University. He is a Fellow of the American College of Radiology and the Royal College of Radiologists. He is currently the Higgins Professor emeritus of Radiation Biophysics at the College of Physicians & Surgeons of Columbia University where he retired as Professor of Radiation Oncology and Radiology in 2007. During his career, he received numerous awards and honors including the Gold Medal of the Radiological Society of North America, the Gold Medal of the American Society of Therapeutic Radiology & Oncology, the Failla Award of the Radiation Research Society, and the Janeway Medal of the American Radium Society, the oldest society devoted to the study and treatment of cancer. His research interests are varied and broad, including study of the mechanisms underlying radiation induced mutagenesis and carcinogenesis, the health effects of environmental radon exposure, estimation of human health risks from space radiation including the radiobiological effects of neutrons, alpha particles and HZE particles, development of new techniques and approaches for the use of radiotheraphy in cancer treatment, in particular low dose-rate and pulsed brachytherapy and better understanding of the genetic determinants underlying radiosensitivity.
He is the author of over 350 peer reviewed articles and book chapters as well as five books and is the author of Radiobiology for the Radiologist, now in its 7th edition. He lectures frequently and instructs residents in Radiology and Radiation Oncology during the course of their training.