Nevin S. Scrimshaw

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Nevin Stewart Scrimshaw
Born(1918-01-20)January 20, 1918
DiedFebruary 8, 2013(2013-02-08) (aged 95)
ResidenceNew Hampshire
CitizenshipUnited States
Alma materHarvard University (Ph.D.) 1941
University of Rochester (M.D.) 1945
Known forResearch on human nutritional deficiency
AwardsWorld Food Prize (1991)
Scientific career
FieldsNutrition and food science
WebsiteNevin Scrimshaw International Nutrition Foundation

Nevin Stewart Scrimshaw (January 20, 1918 – February 8, 2013) was an American food scientist and Institute Professor emeritus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Scrimshaw was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. During the course of his long career he developed nutritional supplements for alleviating protein, iodine, and iron deficiencies in the developing world. His pioneering and extensive publications in the area of human nutrition and food science include over 20 books and monographs and hundreds of scholarly articles. Scrimshaw also founded the Department of Nutrition and Food Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Institute of Nutrition of Central America and Panama, and the Nevin Scrimshaw International Nutrition Foundation.[1] He was awarded the Bolton L. Corson Medal in 1976 and the World Food Prize in 1991.[2] Scrimshaw spent the last years of his life on a farm in Thornton, New Hampshire, where he died at 95.[3]


  • 1968: (with John Everett Gordon) Malnutrition, learning and behavior, MIT Press
  • 1968: (with Carl E. Taylor and John Everett Gordon) Interactions of nutrition and infection, World Health Organization Monograph #57
  • 1971: (with Alan Berg & David L. Call) Nutrition, national planning and development, MIT Press
  • 1971: (editor with Aaron M. Altschul) Amino acid fortification of protein foods, MIT Press
  • 1974: (editor with Moises Behar) Nutrition and agricultural development: significance and potential for the tropics, Institute of Nutrition of Central America and Panama, Plenum Press
  • 1975: (with Max Milner & Daniel I. C. Wang) Protein resources and technology, Avi Publishing
  • 1982: (with Mitchel B. Wallerstein) Nutrition policy implementation: issues and experience, Plenum Press

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  1. ^ Nevin Scrimshaw International Nutrition Foundation. Nevin S. Scrimshaw, Ph.D., M.D., M.P.H.. Retrieved 29 May 2012.
  2. ^ The World Food Prize Foundation. Laureates: Dr. Nevin S. Scrimshaw. Retrieved 29 May 2012.
  3. ^ Bryan Marquard (2013) Nevin Scrimshaw obituary from Boston Globe
  4. ^ Institute of Food Technologists. List of IFT past award winners. Retrieved 29 May 2012.

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