Richard L. Sidman, MD

Title: Neuroscientist, Educator
Location: Marlborough, Massachusetts, United States

Richard L. Sidman, MD, Neuroscientist and Educator, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in neuroscience and embryonic brain research.

Prior to attending medical school, Dr. Sidman completed a year of research and continued his research activities during his four years at medical school. By the time he graduated, Dr. Sidman had a publication record. Following this, he interned at Boston City Hospital before spending a year abroad in England with a Harvard traveling fellowship to do research. He completed his clinical research and continued physician assistant residency in neurology. In 1956, Dr. Sidman began his service with the military and was assigned to the National Institutes of Health. During this time, he did some of the key work that his reputation became based on.

While at the NIH Dr. Sidman continued to research on the tissue culture work that he had started in England. While waiting for the institute to modify a large closet into a tissues culture laboratory for him, he spent a lot of time in the library and came across a paper that a few workers at the New Haven National Laboratory had developed a radioactive form of a molecule that is used for the synthesis of DNA. It was clear that their radioactive molecule was forming in new cells from their bone marrow and traveled into their blood cells. He saw this as a great opportunity to find out where cells are located and generated in the brain. Following this, Dr. Sidman published three papers on this research, one on the cerebellum, one on the cerebral cortex and one on the retina. For his work, he has received a Boylston Society Essay Prize, a Soma Weiss Student Research Prize, and had been selected for a fellowship with Harvard University.

Dr. Sidman earned an AB at Harvard in 1949 before receiving an MD from the institution in 1953 as a Jeffries Wyman scholar. After working at the NIH, Dr. Sidman joined his alma mater as a faculty member, becoming an instructor and then professor of neuropathology at the medical school. From 1969 to 1999, he served as a Bullard professor. In 1999, he retired as professor emeritus from the university. He continued to contribute to the medical field as a professor at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Furthermore, Dr. Sidman has been a guest lecturer at the University of Wisconsin, the University of Saskatchewan, the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and the University of Texas.

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