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John Parascandola, Ph.D., Historical Consultant

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John Parascandola received his B.S. in chemistry from Brooklyn College in 1963.  He earned a Ph.D. in the history of science in 1968 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he also earned an M.S. in biochemistry.

He spent the 1968-69 academic year as a Macy Postodoctoral Fellow in the History of Science Department at Harvard University.


Dr. Parascandola served on the faculty of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, rising to the rank of full professor, in history of science and history of pharmacy from 1969 to 1983.  He also served as Director of the American Institute of the History of Pharmacy from 1974-1981.  In 1983, he became Chief of the History of Medicine Division of the National Library of Medicine. In 1992, he became Public Health Service Historian, a position from which he retired in 2004.  Currently he is an adjunct in the Department of History at the University of Maryland College Park, as well as working as a historical consultant.


Dr. Parascandola has been the recipient of various awards and honors, including the Edward Kremers Award, the George Urdang Medal, the Surgeon General’s Medallion (the highest award that can be bestowed by the U. S. Surgeon General), the Sidney M. Edelstein Award for Outstanding Achievement in the History of Chemistry, the George Pendleton Award, and a Citation of Merit from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Dr. John Parascandola



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