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National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences : Biographical Sketch of NIEHS Director


Kenneth Olden, Ph.D.

Dr. Olden was appointed NIEHS director on June 18, 1991. He came to the institute from Howard University College of Medicine in Washington, D.C., where he had been director of the university’s cancer center, and professor and chairman of the medical school department of oncology since 1985.

Prior to his appointment at Howard, he was a research scientist from 1974 to 1979 in the NCI Division of Cancer Biology and Diagnosis. Before coming to NIH, Dr. Olden spent 4 years as a research fellow and instructor of physiology at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Olden received his B.S. in biology in 1960 from Knoxville College, his M.S. in 1964 from the University of Michigan, and his Ph.D., in 1970 from Temple University in Philadelphia.

Born in Parrottsville, Tenn., he has written many basic science articles, and while at Howard medical center, held a number of grants from NIH. He published two of the "One Hundred Most Cited" papers in 1978-79, one of which--on the subject of cancer cell biology--is now a "Citation Classic."

In addition to being NIEHS director, Dr. Olden is also director of the NTP, a cooperative effort within HHS to strengthen the federal science base in toxicology and to coordinate the toxicological research and testing activities of the four PHS agencies.

Because of outstanding contributions in his field, he was elected to membership in the NAS Institute of Medicine in 1994. He was also recipient of the HHS Secretary’s Distinguished Service Award in 1995. In 1996 hereceived the City of Medicine Award in recognition of extraordinary achievement in the medical and health care research fields. Additionally, Dr. Olden has been the recipient of the Presidential Meritorious Executive Rank Award and the Presidential Distinguished Executive Award in October 1996 and October 1997, respectively. These are awarded by the President to recognize Senior Executive Service level Federal Government employees for sustained extraordinary career accomplishments. Also in 1997 the National Association of Physicians for the Environment gave him its inaugural Award for Public Policy Leadership for "remarkable leadership" of NIEHS.

Directors of NIEHS

NameDate of Birth Dates of Office
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To
Paul Kotin.........................Nov. 1, 1966Feb. 28, 1971
David P. Rall.........................Mar. 1, 1971Oct. 1, 1990
David G. Hoel (Acting).........................October 1990June 1991
Kenneth Olden.........................June 18, 1991.........................


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