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Floyd Shelton Doft


Floyd Shelton Doft, American biochemist. Recipient Distinguished Service Medal, United States Public Health Service, 1962. Diplomate American Board Nutrition.


Doft, Floyd Shelton was born on May 19, 1900 in Griswold, Iowa, United States. Son of Edgar William and Sarah Elizabeth (Shelton) Doft.


Bachelor of Arts, Simpson College, 1921, Doctor of Science, 1952. Doctor of Philosophy., Yale, 1926.


One stepson, Leon W. Research assistant Yale, 1923-1924, Cheney fellow, 1924-1926, traveling fellow guest at Carlsberg Laboratory, Copenhagen, Denmark, 1926-1927. Assistant in physiology Harvard, 1927-1929. Eli Lilly fellow Yale, 1929-1931.

Instructor in biochemistry and experimental pathology U. Rochester, 1931-1937. Member of staff National Institutes of Health, 1937-1962, chief biochemistry and nutrition laboratory, assistant director Experimental Biology and Medicine Institute, 1947-1950, acting director, 1950-1951. Associate director in charge research National Institute Arthritis and Metabolic Diseases, 1951-1953, director, 1953-1962, consultant, 1962-1978.

Visiting professor Einstein College Medicine, 1962-1966. Science advising committee Vitamin Foundation, 1954-1957, Nutrition Foundation, 1956-1963, National Better Business Bureau, 1958-1978. Member of national advisory council Monell Chemical Senses Center, University of Pennsylvania, 1968-1971.

Chairman, development council Simpson College, 1961-1966. Vice president board of trustees Biological Abstracts, 1963-1965. Member food and nutrition board National Research Council, 1962-1966.

Chairman advising committee on research Bureau Commercial Fisheries, 1963-1966. Organizer, member United States Science Mission to Union of the Soviet Socialist Republics, 1960.


  • Contributor numerous articles to various science journals.


Served with United States Army, 1918. Fellow American Institute Chemists, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Washington Academy Sciences. Member National Association Standard Medical Vocabulary (consultant 1962-1978), International Union Nutrition (United States nat. committee 1961-1965, vice chairman 1961-1963), American Chemical Society, American, International societies hematology, Society American Institute Nutrition (president 1960-1961), Experimental Biology and Medicine, American Society Biological Chemists, Washington Academy Medicine, American Rheumatism Association, Pan American Medical Association (N. American vice president nutrition), National Trust History Preservation, Sigma Xi, Delta Upsilon, Epsilon Sigma, Gamma Alpha, Alpha Chi Sigma.

Clubs: Cosmos, Farmington Country (Charlottesville). Assistant editor: Nutrition Reviews, 1944-1947.


Married Frances Pauline Fisk, November 26, 1935.

Edgar William Doft

Sarah Elizabeth (Shelton) Doft

Frances Pauline Fisk