NIH 1998 Almanac/The Organization/FIC/      

John E. Fogarty International Center for Advanced Study in the Health Sciences: Biographical Sketch of FIC Director

Philip E. Schambra, Ph.D.

Dr. Schambra was born in Saginaw, Mich., on November 8, 1934. He received a B.A. degree in physics from Rice University in 1956 and his Ph.D. in biophysics from Yale University in 1962. He did postdoctoral work for 2 years at the Institute for Radiobiology in Karlsruhe, West Germany. From 1964 to 1967, he worked at the Donner Laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley. His scientific field of specialization is the biological effects of densely ionizing radiation.

In 1967 he joined the NIH as a grants associate. He then served for 3 years at the Office of Management and Budget as examiner for the NIH budget. From 1971 through 1974, he worked on the staff of the President's Council on Environmental Quality.

Returning to the NIH in 1974, Dr. Schambra served as associate director for interagency programs of NIEHS, where he directed and administered a variety of interagency and international activities involving NIEHS and other agencies.

In 1980 he became chief of the International Coordination and Liaison Branch at FIC. In 1984, he was assigned to the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, India, as science attache and international health representative. In India, he had direct responsibility for many cooperative U.S.-Indian science projects, and played a major role in initiating the Indo-U.S. Vaccine Action Program. In August 1988, he was appointed FIC director.

Directors of FIC

NameDate of Birth Dates of Office
Milo D. Leavitt, Jr.June 24, 1915June 16, 1968July 1978
Leon JacobsMarch 26,1915July 1, 1978June 29, 1979
Edwin D. Becker (Actg)May 3,1930July 1979April 1980
Vida H. BeavenJune 2, 1939April 1980January 1981
Claude LenfantOctober 12, 1928February 1981July 1982
Mark S. Beaubien (Actg)October 20, 1921July 1, 1982January 1984
Craig K. WallaceDecember 4, 1928January 1984December 1988
Carl Kupfer (Actg)February 9, 1928Jan. 1, 1988July 1988
Philip E. SchambraNov. 8, 1934August 1988.........................


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