Born in Pasay City, Philippines, Dr. Salcedo earned his degrees from the University of the Philippines in 1929 and Columbia University in 1943. He was conferred the status of National Scientist in 1978. He was widely known as an authority in nutrition and public health and a medical statesman.
Dr. Juan Salcedo conducted medical research to improve the health and nutrition of Filipinos. He spent much of his lifetime studying health factors, ranging from fatty acids to vitamins. He has published more than 200 articles on medicine, science, and technology, all of which noted the needs for proper utilization of science, hand in hand with technology, in the process of shaping the nation not only on the economic plane ut also from a social perspective.
He became president of the World Health Organization Assembly from 1952-1953, elected unopposed; president of Araneta University Foundation from 1970-1981; and Professional and Head, Department of Physiological Hygiene and Nutrition, College of Medicine, UP from 1954-1958. –Rea Hebron