Placeholder for image of Nathan Shock

Nathan Shock (1109)

Adult development and ageing, physiological and comparative psychology
1906, Lafayette, Indiana, USA
1989, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Short Biography
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 ... Show more | More at Wikipedia
  • BS Purdue University, 1926
  • MS Purdue University, 1927
  • PhD University of Chicago, 1930
Appointments & Honors
  • Scientist Emeritus, Retired Scientific Director, National Institute on Aging, Francis Scott Key Medical Center
  • Gerontology Society of America, Secretary, 1951-8, President, 1960
  • Fellow, APA
  • President, APA Division 20, 1952-3
  • Hon. DSc, Purdue University, 1954
  • Chairman, Society of Experimental Biology and Medicine, Maryland Section, 1956
  • Chairman, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Medical Sciences Section, 1959
  • Modem Medicine Achievement Award, 1960
  • Willard 0. Thompson Award, American Geriatrics Society, 1965
  • First Annual Research Award, Gerontology Society of America, 1965
  • Distinguished Service Award, American Heart Association, 1965
  • President, International Association of Gerontology, 1969-71
  • O.A. Randall Award, National Council on Aging, 1977
  • Kesten Memorial Award, University of Southern California, 1978
  • First Brookdale Award for Research in Gerontology, 1979
  • Hon. D. Hum. Lett., Johns Hopkins University, 1981
  • Distinguished Achievement Award, American College of Nutrition, 1981
  • First Award of Distinction, American Federation for Aging Research, 1982
  • Hon. Member, Sociedad Argentina de Gerontologia y Geriatrie, British Society for Research on Ageing, Gerontologie de Chile
  • Editor, Macy Conference on Problems of Aging (Josiah Macy Foundation), 1949-53
  • Gerontology Section, Biological Abstracts, 1953-82
  • Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Gerontology, 1963-8
Principal Publications
  • 1930 Mental performance and the acid base balance of the blood in normal individuals. Proceedinp,s of the Indiana Academy of Science. 40, 193-202.
  • 1935 Studies of the acid base balance of the blood. IV. Characterization and interpretation of displacements of the acid base balance. Journal of Biological Chemist!}', 112, 239-62 (with A. B. Hastings).
  • 1951 Gerontology (later maturity). Annual Review ofPsychology. Annual Reviews.
  • 1951 A Classified Bibliography of Gerontology and Geriatrics. Stanford University Press. (Supplement I, 1957; Supplement II, 1963).
  • 1951 Trends in Gerontology. Stanford University Press.
  • 1961 Physiological aspects of aging in man. Amiual Review of Physiology. Annual Reviews.
  • 1966 Perspectives in Experimental Gerontology. Thomas.
  • 1977 Biological theories of aging. In J. E. Birren and K. W. Schaie (eds), Handbook of the Psychology of Aging. Van Nostrand.
  • 1977 Systems of integration. In C. E. Finch and L. Hayflick (eds), Handbook of the Biology of Aging. Van Nostrand Reinhold.