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James Harold Nelson, American health sciences administrator. Achievements include patent for far-forward surgical table. Recipient numerous commendations United States Army, Fort Detrick, 1981-2000, Research and Development Achievement award Assistant Secretary of the Army, 1988, Order of Military Medical Merit, 1992.


Nelson, James Harold was born on April 26, 1936 in Gosnell, Arkansas, United States. Son of Juris Doctor and Louise (Gann) Nelson.


Bachelor of Science, Arkansas State University, 1961. Master of Science, Arkansas State University, 1969. Doctor of Philosophy, Oklahoma State University, 1972.


Branch chief United States Army Environmental Hygiene Agency, Edgewood, Maryland, 1972-1976. From research area manager to division chief United States Army biomedical Research and Development Laboratory, Fort Detrick, 1976-1992. Project manager applied medical systems United States Army Medical Materiel Development Activity, 1992-1996, director & program manager, combat medical system, 1996—2000.

Chief liaison office United States Army Medical Research & Materiel Command United States Army Medical Department Center and School, Fort Sam Houston, Texas, 2000—2006, senior medical consultant, director combat and doctrine development, 2006—2007. Senior research scientist Battelle Memorial Institute San Antonio Battelle Operations, 2007—2009. Member Federal Work Group Pest Management, Washington, 1977-1981.

Chairman equipment committee Armed Forces Pest Management Board, Washington, 1979-1983. Consultant director engineers Fort Detrick, 1976-2000. Guest lecturer Academy Health Sciences, United States Army, Fort Sam Houston, Texas, 1986-1988.


With United States Navy, 1954-1958. Member American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Veterans of World World War II, Korea, Vietnam, American Public Health Association, Association Military Surgeons United States, American Legion, International Platform assosiation, New York Academy Sciences, Sigma Xi (president 1987-1988).


Married Betty Sue Leonard, September 21, 1974. Children: Amelia Rebecca, Rachel Louise.