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The American Association of Immunologists

Augustus B. Wadsworth

Brief Bio

Augustus B. Wadsworth was the nineteenth president of the American Association of Immunologists, serving from 1932 to 1933. For over 30 years, Wadsworth was the director of the Division of Laboratories and Research of the New York State Department of Health.

Wadsworth received his M.D. from the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons (P&S) in 1896. For the next two years, he interned at St. Luke’s Hospital in New York City. In 1899, he returned to P&S, where he was an instructor (1899–1908), an associate (1908–1909), and an assistant professor (1909–1913) in the Department of Bacteriology. Wadsworth left P&S to become director of the Division Laboratories and Research for the New York State Department of Health in 1914. Until his retirement in 1945, Wadsworth oversaw the rapid growth and development of the New York State Laboratory as a major center for innovative public health research. In honor of his lasting legacy, the state laboratory was renamed the Wadsworth Center in the mid-1980s.

AAI Service History

Joined: 1920
President: 1932–1933
Councillor: 1933–1937

The Journal of Immunology
Board of Editors: 1936–1942
Associate Editor: 1943–1949

President's Address

"“The Action of Bacterial Toxins," Delivered May 9, 1933

The Journal of Immunology 26, no. 2 (1934): 81-92.

Select Honors and Awards

  • Knight, Royal Norwegian Order of St. Olav, 1922
  • Herman M. Biggs Memorial Award, New York State Public Health Association, 1953

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