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Richard Tidball Johnson

Richard Tidball Johnson, American microbiology and neuroscience educator, virologist, researcher. Diplomate American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.


  • Johnson, Richard Tidball was born on July 16, 1931 in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, United States. Son of Horton and Katharine (Tidball) Johnson.

  • Education

    • AB cum laude, University Colorado, Boulder, 1953. Doctor of Medicine, University Colorado, Denver, 1956.


    • Intern Stanford University Hospital, San Francisco, 1956-1957. Clinical pathologist department virus diseases Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, Washington, 1957-1958, assistant chief department of virus diseases, 1959. Assistant resident in neurology Massachusetts General Hospital, 1959-1960, clinical fellow neuropathology, 1959-1961, senior resident neurology, 1961-1962.

      Teaching fellow in neurology Harvard Medical School, Boston, 1959-1960, teaching fellow neuropathology, 1959-1961, teaching fellow neurology, 1961-1962. Exchange teaching fellow, 1st assistant in neurology Medical School of King's College, University Durham, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, 1962. Honorary fellow department microbiology Australian National University, Canberra, 1962-1964.

      Associate neurologist Cleveland Metropolitan General Hospital, 1964-1969. Assistant professor neurology Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, 1964-1968, associate professor neurology, 1968-1969. Associate professor microbiology Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, 1969-1974, Dwight D. Eisenhower professor neurology, 1969-1988, professor microbiology, since 1974, professor neuroscience, since 1983.

      Joint appointment department molecular microbiology & immunology Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School Public Health, since 1984. Neurologist Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, since 1969, neurologist-in-chief, 1988-1997, professor, director department neurology, 1988-1997. Consultant neurology Baltimore City Hospital, 1974.

      Visiting professor University Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Lima, Peru, 1971, Imperial College of Health Science, Teheran, Iran, 1974, Institute fur Virologie und Immunobiologie, University Wurzburg, 1976. Visiting professor neurology and neuropathology Mahidol University, Bangkok, 1984. Visiting science Armed Forces Research Institute of Medical Science, Bangkok, Thailand, 1984.

      Founding director National Neurosci. Institute, Singapore, 1997-2000.

    Major achievements

    • Diplomate American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.


    • Infections of the Central Nervous System
    • Written by more than 40 experts in neurology, neurosurgery, internal medicine, paediatrics, infectious diseases, epidemiology, virology, and the basic neurosciences, this book provides coverage of all aspects of CNS infections, ranging from molecular pathogenesis to diagnosis, therapy, and prevention.
    • Infections of the Central Nervous System
    • Tap into the gold standard on central nervous system infections: Infections of the Central Nervous System, 4e is now fully revised and updated to accommodate the wealth of new CNS information discovered over the past decade.


    Member advisory board National Multiple Sclerosis Society, since 1971, executive committee, since 1981, chairman, 1985—1989. Special consultant to National Institutes of Health on transmissible spongiform encephalopathis, 2001—2005. Member advisory council James A. Baker Institute for Animal Health, Cornell University, 1977—1989.

    Program director Pew Neurosci. Program, Pew Charitable Trusts, 1985—1991. Member American Academy Neurology (Second vice president 1975-1977), Association American Physicians, American Society for Virology, Australian Association Neurologists (honorary), Interurban Clinical Club, Academy Brasileira de Neurologia, Association for Research in Nervous and Mental Diseases, International Brain Research Organization, Peripatetic Club, Society for Neurosci., Society Peruana de Psiquiatria, Johns Hopkins Medical Society (president 1970-1971), Baltimore Neurological Society (president 1973-1974), American Society for Clinical Investigation, American Neurological Association (councillor 1977-1981, vice president 1984-1985, president 1986-1987), American Association Neuropathologists (associate), World Federation Neurology (chairman research group on neuroimmunology and virology since 1979), American Society for Microbiology, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Philippine Neurological Association (honorary fellow), International Society for Antiviral Research, Institute of Medicine/NAS, American Federation Clinical Research, Alpha Omega Alpha, Phi Beta Kappa.



    Photography, travel.


    • Married Frances W. Johnson, September 18, 1954. Children: Carlton, Erica, Matthew, Nathan.
    • father: Horton Johnson
    • mother: Katharine (Tidball) Johnson
    • spouse: Frances W. Johnson
    • children: Carlton Johnson
    • Erica Johnson
    • Matthew Johnson
    • Nathan Johnson
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    • 1953
      University Colorado
    • 1956
      University Colorado
    • 1956 - 1957
      Intern, Stanford University Hospital
      San Francisco, California, United States
    • 1957 - 1958
      clinical pathologist department virus diseases Walter Reed Army Institute of Research
      Washington, United States
    • 1959 - 1960
      teaching fellow, in neurology Harvard Medical School
      Boston, Massachusetts, United States
    • 1962 - 1964
      honorary fellow, department microbiology Australian National University
      Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
    • 1962
      exchange teaching fellow, in neurology Medical School of King's College
    • 1962
      1st assistant, in neurology Medical School of King's College
    • 1964 - 1968
      assistant, professor neurology Case Western Reserve University
      Cleveland, Ohio, United States
    • 1964 - 1969
      associate, neurologist Cleveland Metropolitan General Hospital
    • 1969 - 1974
      associate, professor microbiology Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
      Baltimore, Maryland, United States
    • 1984
      joint appointment department molecular microbiology & immunology Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School Public Health
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