Alfred Newton Richards
|Alfred Newton Richards|
Alfred Newton Richards in 1954
March 22, 1876|
Stamford, New York, US
|Died||March 24, 1966(aged 90)|
|Notable awards||Fellow of the Royal Society|
Richards was born in Stamford, New York. He served as chairman of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine's department of pharmacology from 1910 to 1946 and was the university's vice-president of medical affairs from 1939 to 1948.
In 1941 President Franklin Delano Roosevelt appointed Richards chairman of the Committee on Medical Research. After this office was terminated in 1946, Richards became president of the National Academy of Sciences, serving until 1950.
In 1948, President Harry Truman appointed Richards to the Medical Affairs Task Force of the Commission on the Organization of the Executive Branch of the Government; Richards also became a director of Merck & Co., for which he had consulted since 1931, and an associate trustee of the University of Pennsylvania in 1948.
Awards and honors
- Abraham Flexner Award of the Association of American Medical Colleges
- Gerhard Medal of the Pathological Society of Philadelphia
- Kober Medal of the Association of American Physicians
- John Scott Medal of the City of Philadelphia
- Gold Medal of the New York Academy of Medicine
- Keyes Medal of the Association of Genito-Urinary Surgeons
- Philadelphia Bok Award
- Procter Award of the Philadelphia Drug Exchange
- Guggenheim Cup Award
- Lasker Award
- Kovalenko Medal of the National Academy of Sciences.
In addition, Richards was awarded the following honorary degrees:
- Doctor of Science
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