Jacques M. May was born in Paris, France on January 27, 1896. He had several careers, including physician and surgeon, medical geographer, and nutritionist. He received his medical degree from the University of Paris in 1925. After serving in the Second World War, May was asked to lead the newly formed Department of Medical Geography at the American Geographical Society in 1948. The main effort made by this department was to publish the Atlas of Diseases. May left the society in 1960, and began to focus his attention on global food deficiencies. He wrote a number of books about malnutrition in the years after he left the society. In 1946 May married for the second time and had twin boys. Because of his two sons' condition, May became involved in the League for Emotionally Disturbed Children and founded the May Institute for Autistic Children. He died on July 3, 1975 in an automobile accident in Tunisia.
From the description of Jacques M. May papers, 1943-1960. (University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee). WorldCat record id: 181375274