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:: Charles W. Shilling, M.D. - Distinguished Service - 1979

Charles W. Shilling, M.D.   Charles Wesley Shilling was born September 21, 1901 in Upland, Indiana on the campus of Taylor University. He received a B.S. degree from Taylor University in 1923 and a B.A. degree from the University of Michigan in 1923. In 1927 he received his M.D. from the University of Michigan. He met his future wife Miriam Teed while at Taylor University and married her on June 12, 1927.

Dr. Shilling was a leader in the field of undersea diving and hyperbaric research and education. He studied, researched, and published on a variety of topics including submarine and deep sea diving, life in confined spaces, radiation biology, and atmospheric medicine.

His professional career included the following: intern at the Chelsea Naval Hospital and active with the US Navy from 1927 to 1955; Deputy Director, Division of Biology and Medicine, US Atomic Energy Commission from 1955-1960; Director, Biology Science Community Project, George Washington University from 1960-1973. During his career he was a member of the Society
for Experimental Biology and Medicine, the American Physiological Society, the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States, the Aerospace Medical Association, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and was Executive Secretary of the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society in 1973.

Among many awards and honors, Dr. Shilling has received the Founders Medal from the Association of Military Surgeons for work in diving medicine (1953); the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Michigan (1959); the Golden Cross of the Order of the Phoenix from the Greek Government for creating a method of radiation sterilization of a fly, a technique which helped save the Greek olive crop (1960); Alumnus of the Year from Taylor University (1960); the Albert Behnke Award from the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (1975); the NOGI Award from the Academy of Underwater Arts and Sciences (1979); the Chamber of Achievement Award from Taylor University (1980); the Florida Underwater Council Service Award (1980); the Smithsonian Science Information Exchange Award (1980); the Schiffahrtmedizinsches Institut Der Marine Award (1980); and was the first recipient of the C.W. Shilling Award from the Undersea & Hyperbaric Medical Society, which was established in his honor 1982).

In 1954 Dr. Shilling received an honorary Doctorate of Science from Taylor University. He died on December 23, 1994 in Fredericksburg, VA. He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery with his wife Miriam.


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