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This nickname could mean:

Oddly, neither of the two Futurian Ph.Ds, Isaac Asimov and Jack Robins, were nicknamed “Doc,” perhaps because it was already in use by Doc Lowndes, who actually had no educational claim to it. (“I'd already adopted the nickname ‘Doc’ in the CCC's in Maine and made it stick. I only used it in science-fiction activities; letters published in 1935 were signed ‘Doc Lowndes,’ and that was how I was known when I first began to meet other science-fiction fans in 1936,” he wrote in Outworlds 49, April 1987, p. 1629.)

Beginning in the 1960s, when higher education became more readily attainable, fans with doctorates became relatively common, and this sobriquet for them fell out of use. A few latter-day medical doctors have been so designated, however.

From Fancyclopedia 2, ca. 1959
Most often the nickname standing alone refers to Robert W. Lowndes, but it may mean C. L. Barrett or Paul Hammett Medicinae Doctores or R. D. Swisher, Wm H. Evans, Andrew T. Young, or E. E. Smith Philosophiae Doctores.
From Fancyclopedia 2 Supplement, ca. 1960
There's only one t in Hammet.[1] Omitted were Doc Weir, D SC, and Doc Keller, MD; added later was Burnett Toskey, PhD (who didn't get his degree in time for the last issue of Fancyclopedia II; erroneously included was Andy Young, who won't make his PhD until spring.
From Fancyclopedia 1, ca. 1944
Most often the nickname means Robert W. Lowndes, but frequently it designates R. D. Swisher Ph D, and sometimes refers to C. L. Barrett MD or E. E. Smith Ph D.


  1. Which correction turns out to be wrong: 'Hammett' is correct.

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