cryogenics n.

the science of low temperatures (originally the science of creating low temperatures)

SF Encyclopedia

  • 1937 Fellowships of the Lalor Foundation in Science 8 Oct. 323/2

    The activities of the holders of the present fellowship awards are in the fields of bioorganic chemistry, cryogenics, immunochemistry, photochemistry and radioactivity, and the institutions at which the researches are being conducted are the California Institute of Technology, the Imperial College of Science and Technology in London, the John Hopkins University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of California.

  • 1956 R. A. Heinlein Door into Summer in Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction Nov. 49/1 page image Robert A. Heinlein bibliography

    They had a big cryogenics lab there and at first he had worked in that.

  • 1976 C. Holland Floating Worlds (1977) 92 Cecelia Holland bibliography

    It’s only important industry was cryogenics.

  • 1977 J. W. Macvey Interstellar Travel (1978) 8

    These include generation travel (space arks) and the use of cryogenics (suspended animation).

  • 1990 A. Steele Clarke County, Space 73 Allen Steele

    Biostasis for space travel had been achieved not by cryogenics—dozens of people from the twentieth century were still paying for that mistake—but through psychoactive drugs, clinical derivatives of dioden hystrix, the fungus that Haitian houngan had used for centuries to fake the deaths of men and women, then later revive them and enslave them as zombis, the so-called living dead of modern myth.

Research requirements

antedating 1937

Research History
Mike Christie submitted a 1956 cite from Robert Heinlein's "The Door Into Summer." Greg Childers submitted a 1949 cite from Physical Review. That cite refers to a Cryogenics Laboratory at the National Bureau of Standards, so it seems likely that earlier references may exist in NBS documents. Kathleen Miller submitted a 1947 cite from an article by Benjamin Fine in the New York Times, and a 1946 cite from a classified ad in the New York Times. Imran Ghory submitted a cite from an anonymous 1937 article in Science, "Fellowships of the Lalor Foundation"

Earliest cite in the OED: 1958.

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