William Joseph Shoemaker

William Shoemaker

Title: Professor Emeritus
Company: University of Connecticut Health Center
Location: Bloomfield, Connecticut, United States

William Joseph Shoemaker, Professor Emeritus at the University of Connecticut Health Center, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in neuroscience.

With an interest in science and medicine since his formative years, Dr. Shoemaker went on to attain a Bachelor of Arts in zoology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1964. From there, he obtained a Doctor of Philosophy in biochemistry and metabolism from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1971. At the start of his career, Dr. Shoemaker served as the associate section chief of the National Institute of Mental Health in Bethesda, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. from 1972 to 1976, going on to excel as a senior scientist at the Salk Institute in La Jolla, California until 1984.

Dr. Shoemaker joined the University of Connecticut Health Center in Farmington, Connecticut in 1985, where he flourished as a professor for 33 years. In 2018, he was appointed professor emeritus and continues to offer his expertise as a consultant to research programs at numerous institutions. Specializing in brain development and neuroscience, Dr. Shoemaker has contributed articles to numerous professional journals and chapters to books. He is currently working on a book for the general public about “The Origin of Evil and the Social Brain Network,” dealing with brain lesions in psychopaths. His advice to aspiring researchers and scientists is to keep an open mind and be thorough.

Reflecting on his career, Dr. Shoemaker credits his uncle, Nicholas Dioguardi, his mother’s younger brother, who was not much older than him and also a teacher with a Master’s degree as a mentor. His Ph.D. thesis advisor, Richard Wurtman, is an MD still at MIT also inspired him. Outside of his primary profession, Dr. Shoemaker is a life master rating two stars with the American Cribbage Congress and is the second highest-rated cribbage player in Connecticut. To attest to his legacy, he is also listed in the 63rd through 70th editions of Who’s Who in America, the eighth edition of Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare, 11th and 12th edition of Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, and the 27th through 33rd editions of Who’s Who in the World.

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