James Augustine Shannon

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James A. Shannon
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Born (1904-08-09)August 9, 1904
Died May 20, 1994(1994-05-20) (aged 89)
Nationality American
Awards Public Welfare Medal (1962)

James A. Shannon (9 August 1904 – 20 May 1994) was an American nephrologist who served as director of National Institutes of Health (NIH) from 1955-1968.[1] In 1962 he was awarded the Public Welfare Medal from the National Academy of Sciences.[2] A collection of his papers is held at the National Library of Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland.[3]


  1. ^ Saxon, Wolfgang (May 24, 1994). James A. Shannon, 89, Is Dead; Ex-Director of Health Institutes. New York Times
  2. ^ "Public Welfare Award". National Academy of Sciences. Retrieved 17 February 2011. 
  3. ^ "James A. Shannon Papers 1924-1975". National Library of Medicine. 

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