William H. Masters

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William Howell Masters
Born(1915-12-27)December 27, 1915
DiedFebruary 16, 2001(2001-02-16) (aged 85)
Cause of deathParkinson's disease
EducationLawrenceville School
Hamilton College
Spouse(s)Geraldine Baker Oliver (1993–2001) (his death)
Virginia E. Johnson (1971–1992)
Elisabeth Ellis, (div. 1971)

William Howell Masters (December 27, 1915 – February 16, 2001) was an American gynecologist. He was best known as the senior member of the Masters and Johnson sexuality research team. With Virginia Johnson, he did research into the nature of human sex. The work lasted from 1957 until the 1990s. It included the diagnosis and treatment of sexual disorders and dysfunctions. This was a more orthodox kind of research than that done by Alfred Kinsey.

Masters was born on December 27, 1915 in Cleveland, Ohio. He was married three times, and all the marriages ended in divorce. Masters died on February 16, 2001 in Tucson, Arizona from Parkinson's disease, aged 85.[1]

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  1. Severo, Richard (February 19, 2001). "William H. Masters, a Pioneer in Studying and Demystifying Sex, Dies at 85". New York Times. Retrieved 2008-07-24. Dr. William H. Masters, who with his co-researcher, Virginia E. Johnson, revolutionized the way sex is studied, taught and enjoyed in America, died Friday at a hospice in Tucson. He was 85 and had lived in retirement since 1994, first in St. Louis and then in Tucson. He suffered complications from Parkinson's disease, said his wife, Geraldine Baker Oliver Masters.