James A. Shannon

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James A. Shannon
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8th Director of the National Institutes of Health
In office
Preceded by William H. Sebrell, Jr
Succeeded by Robert Q. Marston
Personal details
Born (1904-08-09)August 9, 1904
New York City[1]
Died May 20, 1994(1994-05-20) (aged 89)
Baltimore, Maryland[2]
Nationality American
Spouse(s) Alice M. Waterhouse
Children 2
Alma mater College of the Holy Cross
New York University (Ph.D., 1929)
Awards Public Welfare Medal (1962)
National Medal of Science[3] (1974)
Scientific career
Fields Nephrology
Institutions National Institutes of Health

James Augustine Shannon (9 August 1904 – 20 May 1994) was an American nephrologist who served as director of National Institutes of Health (NIH) from 1955 to 1968.[2] In 1962 he was awarded the Public Welfare Medal from the National Academy of Sciences.[4] A collection of his papers is held at the National Library of Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland.


  1. ^ Kennedy, Thomas (1998). "James Augustine Shannon" (PDF). National Academy of Sciences. Retrieved 2 September 2015.
  2. ^ a b Saxon, Wolfgang (24 May 1994). "James A. Shannon, 89, Is Dead; Ex-Director of Health Institutes". The New York Times. Retrieved 2 September 2015.
  3. ^ "National Medal of Science". Rockefeller University. Retrieved 2 September 2015.
  4. ^ "Public Welfare Award". National Academy of Sciences. Archived from the original on 29 December 2010. Retrieved 17 February 2011.

External links

  • James Augustine Shannon biography via National Institutes of Health
Government offices
Preceded by
William H. Sebrell, Jr
Director of National Institutes of Health
1955 – 1968
Succeeded by
Robert Q. Marston

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