To honor the late Nathan W. Shock, known widely in the scientific community as the "father of gerontology," his colleagues at the National Institute on Aging's Gerontology Research Center have established a lasting tribute to him in the form of an annual scientific lecture bearing his name. The first Nathan W. Shock Memorial Lecture will take place June 8, at the NIA Gerontology Research Center in Baltimore.

Shock - who died last November at the age of 82 - was head of the Gerontology Research Center of the National Institutes of Health for nearly 35 years before the establishment of the National Institute on Aging in 1975, when he became its scientific director. The following year he was named scientist emeritus at the center, where he worked until his death. He served as president of the International Association of Gerontology, scientific chairman for the International Association of Gerontology, and scientific...

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