Nathan Shock

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Nathan W. Shock (1906–1989) was known as the "father of gerontology" and head of the Gerontology Research Center of the National Institutes of Health for nearly 35 years - until 1976. He then became scientist emeritus at the center.

He was one of the first scientists to foresee the importance of using longitudinal methods to study human aging. He clocked the rate at which different organs of the body age and showed that different individuals age at different rates.[1]

He was the author of more than 300 journal articles and books, and detailed his research in Scientific American 206:100-10, 1962.[2]


He got his B.S. in chemistry in 1926, his M.S. in organic chemistry in 1927 from Purdue University, and his Ph.D. in physiology/psychology in 1930 from the University of Chicago.


  1. ^ "Nathan Shock, Pioneer on Aging". The New York Times. November 15, 1989. Retrieved May 12, 2015.
  2. ^ "People: Memorial Lecture Instituted To Honor Nathan Shock, Father Of Gerontology". Retrieved May 12, 2015.