The median age of the NIH Director’s Advisory Committee is 61Posted: October 20, 2013
The mean age is 60.4. The youngest was born in 1961 (52), the same year as the U.S. President (the average age of Obama’s first term cabinet was 54, criticized for being one of the oldest in recent history). At Apollo 11 splash-down, the average age of NASA scientist/engineer was 28, in 2009 there was criticism that that average had gone up to a sadly-greyed 47. Forty-seven too old! For the average biomedical scientist, you are still a spring chicken, failing to renew your R01 for the first time.
And we wonder why the concerns junior PIs and trainees don’t seem to be top of the agenda.
*I could not determine the age of 3 of them, but these all got their PhD or MD in the 1970s, which would have wouldn’t have changed the result much.
Update: Forgot to link to comment by GenXPI at Drugmonkey that inspired me to look.