James R. Killian Award & Lecture Series


Award recipients: Nutrition and Food Science

Nevin S. Scrimshaw
Lecture titles:"Myths and Realities in International Health Planning" and "Health Problems and Programs in North Vietnam and Laos"
March 22 and April 12, 1973

Nevin S. Scrimshaw, who founded MIT's Department of Nutrition and Food Science, was also the first James R. Killian, Jr. Faculty Achievement Award Lecturer. As Institute Professor emeritus, he was recognized for his efforts and significant contributions to combating malnutrition in dozens of countries. Beginning in the 1950s, Professor Scrimshaw researched the causes of the protein-deficiency disease kwashiorkor, a deadly disease affecting children throughout the developing world. He came up with inexpensive, protein-rich nutritional supplements to combat the disease, in different formulas based on locally available produce, that remain in widespread use. More at MIT News.


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