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James A. Shannon

Updated: 2017-09-01T11:40Z
James A. Shannon
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Born(1904-08-09)August 9, 1904
New York City, New York[1]
DiedMay 20, 1994(1994-05-20) (aged 89)
Baltimore, Maryland[2]
Ruptured Aortic Aneurysm
Alma materCollege of the Holy Cross
New York University (Ph.D., 1929)
Notable awardsPublic Welfare Medal (1962)
National Medal of Science[3] (1974)
SpouseAlice M. Waterhouse
ChildrenAlice Shannon Stolzberg
J. Anthony Shannon

James Augustine Shannon (9 August 1904 – 20 May 1994) was an American nephrologist who served as director of National Institutes of Health (NIH) from 1955-1968.[4] In 1962 he was awarded the Public Welfare Medal from the National Academy of Sciences.[5]A collection of his papers is held at the National Library of Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland.


  1. ^ Kennedy, Thomas. "JAMES AUGUSTINE SHANNON" (PDF). Retrieved 2 September 2015. 
  2. ^ WOLFGANG SAXON (24 May 1994). "James A. Shannon, 89, Is Dead; Ex-Director of Health Institutes". The New York Times. Retrieved 2 September 2015.  External link in |website= (help)
  3. ^ "National Medal of Science". Retrieved 2 September 2015.  External link in |website= (help)
  4. ^ Saxon, Wolfgang (May 24, 1994). James A. Shannon, 89, Is Dead; Ex-Director of Health Institutes. New York Times
  5. ^ "Public Welfare Award". National Academy of Sciences. Archived from the original on 29 December 2010. Retrieved 17 February 2011. 

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Preceded by
William H. Sebrell, Jr.
Director of National Institutes of Health
1955 – 1968
Succeeded by
Robert Q. Marston

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