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The American Association of Immunologists

Oral History Project

The AAI Oral History Project is a major centennial initiative to provide contemporary investigators and the public a rare view into the lives and times of influential immunologists. AAI arranged for the award-winning oral historian Brien Williams, Ph.D., to begin interviewing past AAI presidents in the spring of 2012. Interviewees were asked about their family backgrounds, early interest in science, reasons for studying immunology, career and research highlights, challenges faced balancing professional and private life, hobbies outside of the laboratory, major changes in immunology over the course of their careers, and the future of immunology and science in the United States.

In 2015, the project expanded to include past Editors-in-Chief of The Journal of Immunology and AAI Career Award recipients, including AAI Lifetime Achievement Award (LAA), AAI Excellence in Mentoring Award (EMA), AAI-Steinman Award for Human Immunology Research (SAHIR), AAI-BioLegend Herzenberg Award (HA), AAI-Thermo Fisher Meritorious Career Award (MCA), and AAI Public Service Award (PSA).

Past Presidents

Herman N. Eisen, M.D. (AAI '51)

Herman N. Eisen
President, 1968–1969
LAA, 1997
AAI '51

K. Frank Austen, M.D. (AAI '62)

K. Frank Austen
President, 1977–1978
AAI '62

David W. Talmage, M.D. (AAI '58)

David W. Talmage
President, 1978–1979
LAA, 1994
AAI '54

Jonathan W. Uhr, M.D. (AAI '58)

Jonathan W. Uhr
President, 1983–1984
AAI '58

William E. Paul, M.D. (AAI '67)

William E. Paul
President, 1986–1987
LAA, 2002
EMA, 2014
AAI '67

Max D. Cooper, M.D. (AAI '66)

Max D. Cooper
President, 1988–1989
LAA, 2000
SAHIR, 2006
EMA, 2012
AAI '66

Henry Metzger, M.D. (AAI '65)

Henry Metzger
President, 1991–1992
LAA, 1999
AAI '65

Frank W. Fitch, M.D., Ph.D. (AAI '61)

Frank W. Fitch
President, 1992–1993
Editor-in-Chief, 1997–2002
LAA, 1996
EMA, 2004
AAI '61

Ellen S. Vitetta, Ph.D. (AAI '74)

Ellen S. Vitetta
President, 1993–1994
EMA, 2002
LAA, 2007
AAI '74

Irving L. Weissman, M.D. (AAI '71)

Irving L. Weissman
President, 1994–1995
AAI '71

Richard W. Dutton, Ph.D. (AAI '63)

Richard W. Dutton
President, 1995–1996
LAA, 2004
AAI '63

Katherine L. Knight, Ph.D. (AAI '68)

Katherine L. Knight
President, 1996–1997
LAA, 2013
AAI '68

Jonathan Sprent, M.B.B.S., Ph.D. (AAI '80)

Jonathan Sprent
President, 1998–1999
LAA, 2015
AAI '80

Roger M. Perlmutter, M.D., Ph.D. (AAI '83)

Roger M. Perlmutter
President, 1999–2000
AAI '83

Philippa Marrack, Ph.D. (AAI '74)

Philippa Marrack
President, 2000–2001
LAA, 2003
AAI '74

James P. Allison, Ph.D. (AAI '78)

James P. Allison
President, 2001–2002
SAHIR, 2008
LAA, 2011
AAI '78

Paul W. Kincade, Ph.D. (AAI '75)

Paul W. Kincade
President, 2002–2003
AAI '75

Laurie H. Glimcher, M.D. (AAI '83)

Laurie H. Glimcher
President, 2003–2004
MCA, 2001
EMA, 2008
AAI '83

Susan L. Swain, Ph.D. (AAI '77)

Susan L. Swain
President, 2004–2005
LAA, 2010
AAI '77

Paul M. Allen, Ph.D. (AAI '85)

Paul M. Allen
President, 2005–2006
AAI '85

Lewis L. Lanier, Ph.D. (AAI '80)

Lewis L. Lanier
President, 2006–2007
AAI '80

Olivera J. Finn, Ph.D. (AAI '83)

Olivera J. Finn
President, 2007–2008
LAA, 2016
AAI '83

Arthur Weiss, M.D., Ph.D. (AAI '81)

Arthur Weiss
President, 2008–2009
MCA, 2001
LAA, 2012
AAI '81

Betty A. Diamond, M.D. (AAI '80)

Betty A. Diamond
President, 2009–2010
AAI '80

Jeffrey A. Frelinger, Ph.D. (AAI '76)

Jeffrey A. Frelinger
President, 2010–2011
AAI '76

Leslie J. Berg, Ph.D. (AAI '94)

Leslie J. Berg
President, 2011–2012
AAI '94

Gail A. Bishop, Ph.D. (AAI '84)

Gail A. Bishop
President, 2012–2013
AAI '84

 
 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 

Past Editors-in-Chief of The Journal of Immunology

Ethan M. Shevach, M.D. (AAI '73)

Ethan M. Shevach
Editor-in-Chief, 1987–92
AAI '73

Robert R. Rich, M.D. (AAI '73)

Robert R. Rich
Editor-in-Chief, 2003–08
LAA, 2008
AAI '73

Frank W. Fitch, M.D., Ph.D. (AAI '61)

Frank W. Fitch
President, 1992–1993
Editor-in-Chief, 1997–2002
AAI '61

 
 
 

 
 
 

AAI Career Award Recipents

AAI Career Awards recipents are listed alphabetically with the exception of past presidents whose awards are included above.

AAI Career Awards include AAI Lifetime Achievement Award (LAA), AAI Excellence in Mentoring Award (EMA), AAI-Steinman Award for Human Immunology Research (SAHIR), AAI-BioLegend Herzenberg Award (HA), AAI-Thermo Fisher Meritorious Career Award (MCA), and AAI Public Service Award (PSA)

Rafi Ahmed, Ph.D. (AAI '84)

Rafi Ahmed
EMA, 2015
AAI '84

Michael J. Bevan, Ph.D. (AAI '78)

Michael J. Bevan
EMA, 2000
MCA, 2009
AAI '78

Steven J. Burakoff, M.D. (AAI '78)

Steven J. Burakoff
LAA, 2009
AAI '78

Anthony S. Fauci, M.D. (AAI '73)

Anthony S. Fauci
LAA, 2005
PSA, 2000
AAI '73

Ronald N. Germain, M.D., Ph.D. (AAI '78)

Ronald N. Germain
MCA, 2015
AAI '78

Richard J. Hodes, M.D. (AAI '75)

Richard J. Hodes
PSA, 2007
AAI '78

Robert R. Rich, M.D. (AAI '73)

Robert R. Rich
Editor-in-Chief, 2003–08
LAA, 2008
AAI '73

Matthew D. Scharff, M.D. (AAI '64)

Matthew D. Scharff
EMA, 1998
HA, 2015
AAI '64

Thomas A. Waldmann, M.D. (AAI '71)

Thomas A. Waldmann
SAHIR, 2007
AAI '71

 
 
 


The opinions expressed in these oral histories are those of the interviewees and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of The American Association of Immunologists.

 


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