Alfred Newton Richards

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Alfred Newton Richards
Alfred Newton Richards 1954.jpg
Alfred Newton Richards in 1954
Born (1876-03-22)March 22, 1876
Stamford, New York, US
Died March 24, 1966(1966-03-24) (aged 90)
Notable awards Fellow of the Royal Society[1]

Alfred Newton Richards (March 22, 1876 – March 24, 1966) was an American pharmacologist.[1][2]


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.

The Richards Medical Research Laboratories building at the University of Pennsylvania, one of the best-known and most influential designs of architect Louis Kahn, is named for him.

Awards and honors[edit]

In addition, Richards was awarded the following honorary degrees:

Doctor of Science
Doctor of Laws
Doctor of Medicine


  1. ^ a b Schmidt, C. F. (1967). "Alfred Newton Richards 1876-1966". Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society. 13: 327–326. doi:10.1098/rsbm.1967.0017. 
  2. ^ Alfred Newton RichardsBiographical Memoirs of the National Academy of Sciences