William Henry Jr. Sebrell Biographical File

Summary Information

Sebrell, William Henry Jr. (1901-1992)
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William Henry Jr. Sebrell Biographical File
Date [inclusive]
1976 - 1992
0.1 Cubic feet
File includes autobiographical sketch, newspaper clippings, obituaries, an NIH newsletter, and correspondence.

Preferred Citation

Sebrell, William Henry Jr. (1901-1992). Eskind Biomedical Library Special Collections, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN.

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Historical or Biographical Note

William Henry Sebrell Jr.'s involvement with nutrition sent him throughout the world, from Europe to the South Pole, and he was a pioneer and leader in research on the B vitamins. His discovery and description of riboflavin deficiency in human beings was published in 1938.

His achievements in public health nutrition, and the betterment of people, were due to his scientific eminence, energy, medical training, and executive skills. Sebrell's titles were Assistant Surgeon General; U.S. Public Health Service/Director, National Institutes of Health (1950-1955); R.R. Williams Professor Emeritus of Nutrition, Columbia University; and Executive Director, Weight Watchers Foundation.

Sebrell was treasurer of AIN, 1940-1944; president, 1995; and was elected as a Fellow in 1968. He was president of ASCN in 1963.

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Subject Headings

Other Keywords - Digital Library Subjects

  • Epidemiology/Public Health
  • Nutrition
  • Professional Associations

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