Elwood Jensen, 92, an award-winning professor nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for work that opened the door to advances in fighting cancer, died Sunday of pneumonia, the University of Cincinnati said.

He 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 discovery has helped doctors treat breast, thyroid, and prostate cancer.

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

Dr. Jensen, who grew up in Springfield, Ohio, and taught at the University of Cincinnati for the last 10 years, is survived by a wife and two grown children. - AP