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Memorial: Donald A.B. Lindberg, 1933–2019

Donald A.B. Lindberg
Donald A.B. Lindberg

Donald A.B. Lindberg, Director Emeritus of the US National Library of Medicine (NLM), died on August 16, 2019, at age 85.

Lindberg served as director of NLM from 1984 to 2015. Under his leadership, the library launched public, online access to such important resources as medical literature via PubMed and PubMed Central, clinical trials and results via ClinicalTrials.gov, and consumer health information via MedlinePlus.

Trained as a pathologist, Lindberg was among the first to apply computer technology to health care earlier in his career at the University of Missouri–Columbia, where he was a professor of medicine from 1960 to 1984. He also helped establish the American Medical Informatics Association and became its founding president.

The Coalition for Networked Information, the Association of Research Libraries, and EDUCAUSE awarded Lindberg the 2014 Paul Evan Peters Award for his notable, lasting achievements in the creation and innovative use of network-based information resources and services that advance scholarship and intellectual productivity.

Lindberg’s family is planning a memorial service and requests that donations be sent to Montgomery County Hospice.

For more information about Lindberg’s career and legacy, see the August 19 NLM news release “Mourning the Loss of Former NLM Director Donald A.B. Lindberg, M.D.” and the August 21 obituary in the Columbia Missourian, “Donald A.B. Lindberg, Pioneer in Medical Informatics, Died Aug. 16, 2019.”

Updated August 23, 2019, with information from the Columbia Missourian obituary linked above.