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James A. Shannon

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James A. Shannon
8th Director of the National Institutes of Health
In office
August 1, 1955 – August 31, 1968
Preceded byWilliam H. Sebrell, Jr
Succeeded byRobert Q. Marston
Personal details
Born(1904-08-09)August 9, 1904
New York City[1]
DiedMay 20, 1994(1994-05-20) (aged 89)
Baltimore, Maryland[2]
Spouse(s)Alice M. Waterhouse
Alma materCollege of the Holy Cross
New York University (PhD, 1929)
AwardsPublic Welfare Medal (1962)
President's Award for Distinguished Federal Civilian Service (1966)
National Medal of Science[3] (1974)
Scientific career
InstitutionsNational Institutes of Health

James Augustine Shannon (August 9, 1904 – May 20, 1994) was an American nephrologist who served as director of National Institutes of Health (NIH) from August 1, 1955 to August 31, 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 September 2, 2015.
  2. ^ a b Saxon, Wolfgang (May 24, 1994). "James A. Shannon, 89, Is Dead; Ex-Director of Health Institutes". The New York Times. Retrieved September 2, 2015.
  3. ^ "National Medal of Science". Rockefeller University. Retrieved September 2, 2015.
  4. ^ "Public Welfare Award". National Academy of Sciences. Archived from the original on December 29, 2010. Retrieved February 17, 2011.
Government offices
Preceded by
William H. Sebrell, Jr
8th Director of National Institutes of Health
1955 – 1968
Succeeded by
Robert Q. Marston

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