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Robert Neil Butler

Robert Neil Butler, American gerontologist, psychiatrist, writer, educator. Recipient Pulitzer prize for general nonfiction, 1976, Leo Laks award, 1976; McIntyre award, 1977, Allied-Signal award, Gustav O. Lienhard award Institute Medicine National Academy of Sciences, 1996, Heinz award, 2003; others.


  • Butler, Robert Neil was born on January 21, 1927 in New York City. Son of Fred and Easter (Dikeman) Butler.

  • Education

    • Bachelor, Columbia University, 1949. Doctor of Medicine, Columbia University, 1953. Degree (honorary), University Southern California.

      Degree (honorary), University Gothenburg, Sweden.


    • Intern St. Lukes Hospital, New York City, 1953-1954. Resident University California Langley Porter Clinic, 1954-1955, National Institute of Mental Health, 1955-1956, research psychiatrist, 1955-1962. Founder geriatric unit Chestnut Lodge, 1958, administrator, 1958-1959.

      Research psychiatrist Washington School Psychiatry, 1962-1976. Director National Institute on Aging, National Institutes of Health, 1976-1982. Professor geriatics and adult development Mount Sinai School Medicine, New York City, 1982—2010.

      Director International Longevity Center, 1990-2010, president, Chief Executive Officer, 1998-2010. Member faculty George Washington University Medical School, Washington, 1962-1982, Howard University School Medicine. Consultant National Institute of Mental Health, 1967-1976, United States Senate Special Committee on Aging.


    • Precalculus (5th Edition)
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    Secretary National Ballet of Washington, 1962-1975. Chairman District of Columbia Advisory Commission on Aging, 1969-1972. Board directors National Council on Aging, Mildred and Claude Pepper Foundation Served with United States Maritime Service, 1945-1947.

    Fellow American Psychiatric Association, American Geriatrics Society (founding member). Member Group for Advancement Psychiatry (trustee 1974-1976), Gerontological Society, Forum for Professionals and Executives (founding) Clubs: Cosmos (Washington). Century (New York City).


    • Married Diane McLaughlin, September 2, 1950. Children: Ann Christine, Carole Melissa, Cynthia Lee. Married Myrna I. Lewis, May 17, 1975.

      1 daughter, Alexandra Nicole.
    Robert Neil Butler
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    Born January 21, 1927
    Died July 5, 2010
    (aged 83)
    • 1949
      Columbia University
    • 1953
      Columbia University
    • 1953 - 1954
      Intern, St. Lukes Hospital
    • 1954 - 1955
      resident, University California Langley Porter Clinic
    • 1955 - 1956
      resident, University California Langley Porter Clinic
    • 1955 - 1962
      resident, University California Langley Porter Clinic
    • 1962 - 1976
      research psychiatrist Washington School Psychiatry
    • 1976 - 1982
      director, National Institute on Aging
    • 1982 - 2010
      professor, geriatics and adult development Mount Sinai School Medicine
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