James Wyngaarden

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James Wyngaarden
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James B. Wyngaarden and David Korn, former Chairman of the National Cancer Advisory Board, National Cancer Institute.
12th Director of the National Institutes of Health
In office
April 29, 1982 – July 31, 1989
PresidentRonald Reagan
George H.W. Bush
Preceded byDonald Fredrickson
Succeeded byBernadine Healy
Personal details
James Barnes Wyngaarden

(1924-10-19)October 19, 1924
Grand Rapids, Michigan[1]
DiedJune 14, 2019(2019-06-14) (aged 94)
Durham, North Carolina[2]
Alma mater
Scientific career
Fieldspurine biosynthesis and the genetics of gout

James Barnes Wyngaarden (October 19, 1924 – June 14, 2019) was an American physician, researcher and academic administrator.[3] He was a co-editor of Cecil Textbook of Medicine, one of the leading internal medicine texts, and served as director of National Institutes of Health between 1982 and 1989. He had four daughters and one son.[4]

Wyngaarden was a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.[5]


  1. ^ "Wyngaarden, James B. (1924-)". Calvin College.
  2. ^ "James Wyngaarden, 1924 - 2019".
  3. ^ Harvey, abner McGehee (1978). The Interurban Clinical Club (1905-1976): a record of achievement in clinical science. Interurban Clinical Club.
  4. ^ "Biographical Sketches of the Directors of the National Institutes of Health". Archived from the original on 2007-05-26. Retrieved 2007-02-21.
  5. ^ "The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences: James B. Wyngaarden". Retrieved 2009-05-01.[dead link]

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Government offices
Preceded by 12th Director of National Institutes of Health
1982 – 1989
Succeeded by