Anthony Stephen Fauci is an American physician and immunologist. He is of Italian and Swiss descent.
Fauci is the second child of Stephen A. Fauci and Eugenia Abys Fauci, owners of a pharmacy in the Dyker Heights section of Brooklyn, New York City, New York, United States. Stephen, a pharmacist, is the son of Antonino Fauci and Calogera Guardino, who were from Sciacca, Italy, while Eugenia is the daughter of Giovanni Abys, an artist from Switzerland, and Raffaella Trematerra, a seamstress from Naples, Italy.
While Anthony grew up Catholic, he considers himself now a humanist. Here are 13 more facts about him:
- He was born in Brooklyn on December 24, 1940.
- In 1958, he graduated from Regis High School on Manhattan’s Upper East Side in New York City. Despite standing only 5’7″, he captained the school’s basketball team.
- In 1962, he earned his bachelor’s degree in Classics with a pre-med track from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, USA.
- In 1966, he graduated first in his class from Cornell University Medical College on Manhattan’s Upper East Side with a Doctor of Medicine.
- In 1968, he joined the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as a clinical associate in the Laboratory of Clinical Investigation (LCI) at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). In 1984, he became the NIAID director.
- He started being a public health advisor to every U.S. president when Ronald Reagan, the country’s 40th president, was in office from January 20, 1981 to January 20, 1989.
- In 1985, he married nurse and bioethicist Christine Grady. They have three daughters namely Jennifer Ellen Fauci, Megan Elizabeth Fauci and Alison Christine Fauci, who were born on August 14, 1986, in 1989 and in April 1992, respectively.
- He received Honorary Doctor of Science from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, USA in 1993, Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, USA in 1995, Colgate University in Hamilton, New York in 1996 and American University in Washington, D.C., USA and Boston University in Boston, Massachusetts in 2018.
- In 2003, the Institute for Scientific Information declared him as the 13th most cited scientist in scientific journals from 1983 to 2002.
- In 2005, he was a recipient of the National Medal of Science. George W. Bush awarded him in a White House ceremony on July 27, 2007. The same president presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom to him in 2008.
- In 2013, he received the Prince Mahidol Award, a Thai Royal Family annual award for outstanding achievements in medicine and public health worldwide.
- In 2015, he received an honorary degree from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. He was one of the guest speakers during the virtual ceremony for the university’s class of 2020 on May 21, 2020.
- He is a member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force established in January 2020 under Donald Trump.