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Geoffrey Edsall, American physician. Recipient Lemuel Shattuck award, 1971. Diplomate American Board Preventive Medicine (founder member), American Board Microbiology.


Edsall, Geoffrey was born on January 28, 1908 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. Son of David Linn and Margaret Harding (Tileston) Edsall.


Doctor of Medicine Harvard, 1934.


1 son, Richard Anthony. Intern, Massachusetts General Hospital, 1934-1936. Research fellow Harvard, 1936-1939, instructor bacteriology and immunology, medical public health schools, 1940-1947, assistant professor public health bacteriology, public health school, 1947-1949, visiting lecturer, 1949-1960, professor applied microbiology, 1960-1972, emeritus, since 1972.

Assistant director, div. biologic labs. Massachusetts Department Public Health, 1939-1942, director, 1942-1949, superintendent State Laboratory Institute, 1960-1972. Professor microbiology and head department Boston University School Medicine, 1949-1952.

Professor, head department microbiology London School Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, 1972-1975, emeritus, since 1975. Director immunology div. Walter Reed Army Institute Research, 1951-1956, technical director research of communicable and parasitic diseases, 1956-1960.

Director commission on immunization Armed Forces Epidemiological Board, 1952-1963. Visiting professor microbiology University of California, 1955. Special consultant World Health Organization, 1953, 55, 59, 63-80, member expert panel immunology, 1963-1980, consultant Surgeon General, United States Army, 1960-1972, United States Public Health Service, 1963-1972.

Advising committee immunization practices United States Public Health Service, 1963-1970, advising committee on quarantine, 1965-1966.


  • Other Work

    • Editor-in-chief Journal Immunology, 1948-1954, member editorial board, 1954-1959. Editorial board Journal Biological Standardization, 1973-1978. Contributor articles to professional publications.


Member subcommittee on blood O.D.M., 1951-1952. Member United States delegate 13th World Health Assembly, 1960. Member board science counselors, div. biologies standard of National Institutes of Health, United States Public Health Service, 1968-1972, chairman, 1971-1972.

Member review panel bacterial vaccines and toxoids Food and Drug Administration, 1973-1979, consultant, 1973-1980. Member Joint Committee Vaccination and Immunization United Kingdom, 1972-1978. Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Academy Arts and Sciences, American Public Health Association (secretary laboratory section 1947-1948, chairman 1950), Royal Society Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.

Member American Society Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, British Society Immunology, Infectious Disease Society American, American Medical Association (member of council on drugs 1960-1962), American Epidemiological Society, American Society Microbiol. (president N.E. branch 1950, 62), American Association Immunologists (councillor 1947-1949, president 1950), International Epidemiological Association, International Association Biological Standardization (council 1967-1978), Delta Omega.


Married Helen Fogle, August 13, 1935.

David Linn Edsall

Margaret Harding (Tileston) Edsall

Helen Fogle