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 byWilliam H. Sebrell, Jr
Succeeded byRobert Q. Marston
Personal details
Born(1904-08-09)August 9, 1904
New York City, New York[1]
DiedMay 20, 1994(1994-05-20) (aged 89)
Baltimore, Maryland[2]
Cause of deathRuptured Aortic Aneurysm
NationalityUnited States
Spouse(s)Alice M. Waterhouse
ChildrenAlice Shannon Stolzberg
J. Anthony Shannon
Alma materCollege of the Holy Cross
New York University (Ph.D., 1929)
AwardsPublic Welfare Medal (1962)
National Medal of Science[3] (1974)
Scientific career
InstitutionsNational 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 1955-1968.[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.

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