Lewis M. Branscomb - Curriculum Vitae
Aetna Professor in Public Policy and Corporate Management, emeritus, Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government and Adjunct Professor, School of International Relations and Pacific Studies, and Research Associate, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California at San Diego; Distinguished Research Fellow, Institute for Global Conflit and Cooperaton, University of Califonia.
Born August 17, 1926 in Asheville, North Carolina, to Harvie and Margaret Branscomb. Married to Margaret Anne Wells (attorney, deceased 1997); Married July 3, 2005, to Constance Hammond Mullin, (biologist, musical talent agent). Two children, Harvie H. Branscomb and Katharine C. Branscomb Kelley, one grandchild: Clara Louise Kelley.
Address: 1600 Ludington Lane, La Jolla, CA 92037.
A.B., summa cum laude, Duke University, 1945, physics
M.S., Harvard University, 1947, physics
Ph.D., Harvard University, 1949, physics
Junior Fellow, Harvard Society of Fellows, 1949-1951
Brief Career Summary
Officer, U.S. Naval Reserve, Ensign 1944-1945, Lt (jg) 1945-1949.
Harvard Society of Fellows: Junior Fellow 1949-1951
Instructor, physics, Harvard University, 1950-51
Lecturer, physics, University of Maryland, 1952-54
Visiting staff member, University College, London, 1957-58
Adjoint Professor, physics, University of Colorado, 1962-69
Professor from Public Service, John F. Kennedy School of Government 1986-1988
Albert Pratt Public Service Professor, John F. Kennedy School of Government (1988 - 1994)
- Aetna Professor in Public Policy and Corporate Management, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, 1994 - 1996
- Aetna Professor in Public Policy and Corporate Management, Emeritus, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, 1996 -
- Director, Science, Technology and Public Policy Program, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, 1986 - 1996
- Adjunct Professor, School of International Relations and Pacific Studies, University of California at San Diego, 2005 -
- Research Associate, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California at San Diego, 2005 -
- Physicist, National Bureau of Standards, Washington, 1951-54Chief, Atomic Physics Section (1954-60) and Division (1960-62), National Bureau of Standards, Washington, 1954-60
- co-founder, Fellow and Chairman, Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics, University of Colorado, 1962-69. Chief, Laboratory Astrophysics Division, National Bureau of Standards, Boulder, Colorado, 1962-6Director, National Bureau of Standards, Washington, 1969-72.
Chairman, National Science Board, Washington, 1980-1984.
Vice President and Chief Scientist, International Business Machines Corp. Armonk, NY 1972-86; Member, Corporate Management Board, 1983-86); President R & D Incorporated, subsidiary of IBM, 1972-86. Director, IBM World Trade Europe/Middle East/Africa Corporation, 1984-1987
Director, General Foods Corp., 1975-1985
Director, Mobil Corp., 1978-1999
Director, MITRE Corp., 1987-1999
Director, Lord Corp., 1987 - . Chairman, Strategy Committee, Member Compensation Committee.
Director, Charles Draper Laboratories, Inc. 1988 - 1998; Member of the Corporation, C.S. Draper Laboratories 1988-
Director, Arcturus Pharmaceutical Corp, 1992-1993
Member, President Johnson's Science Advisory Committee, 1965-68; Chairman, Panel on Space Science & Technology, 1967-68
Director, National Bureau of Standards, 1969-1972
Member, President Carter's Commission for the Medal of Science, 1970-72
Member, National Science Board, 1979-84 (chairman, 1980-84)
Member, President Reagan's National Productivity Advisory Committee; Chairman, Subcommittee on Research, Development and Technological Innovation, 1982-83
Other Career Related Appointments:
Member, JASON Division, Institute for Defense Analyses, 1962-69
Member, Standing Committee on Controlled Thermonuclear Research, Atomic Energy Commission, 1966-68
Member, High Level Policy Group on Scientific and Technical Information, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, 1968-70
Member, President's Board of Visitors, University of Oklahoma, 1968-70
Member, Defense Science Board, 1968-1969; Member-at-Large, Defense Science Board, 1969-72..
Member, Astronomy and Applied Physics Visiting Committees, Harvard University; Board of Overseers, 1969-83
Chairman, General Committee, International Conference on the Physics of Electron and Atomic Collisions, 1969-71
Member, Board of Directors, American National Standards Institute, 1969-72.
U.S. representative to CODATA Committee, International Council of Scientific Unions, 1970-73.
Chairman, Commission on Atomic and Molecular Physics and Spectroscopy, International Union of Pure and Applied Physics, 1972-75
Member, Advisory Committee on Science and Foreign Affairs, U.S. Department of State, 1973-74
Member, Physics Visiting Committee, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1974-79
Member, U.S.-U.S.S.R. Joint Commission on Science and Technology, 1977-80
Chairman, Commission on Scholarly Communications with the People's Republic of China, 1977-80
Chairman, Panel on the Applications of Science and Technology, Office of Technology Assessment, U.S. Congress, 1977-79
Member, Advisory Council, Carnegie Forum on Education and the Economy, and
Chairman, Task Force on Teaching as a Profession, 1985-1986
Director-at-Large, Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Inc., 1987-1989.
Member, Advisory Board on Technology Trends, to Presidents of the International Standards Organization and the International Electrotechnical Commission, 1988-1994.
Member, Committee on Japan Affairs, National Academy of Sciences, 1989-199?
Member, Technology Assessment Advisory Committee, Technology Assessment Board, U.S. Congress, 1990-1995
Member, Carnegie Commission on Science, Technology, and Government, 1989 - 1993. Chairman, Carnegie Commission Task Force on the Federal Role in K-12 Math and Science Education 1990-1991
Member, Governor's Council on Economic Growth and Technology, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 1991 -
Member, Expert Group on Management of the Intelligent Vehicle Highway System, DOT 1992-1993.
Member, Advisory Board, Rand Corporation's Critical Technologies Institute, 1992-199?
Member, National Science Board Commission on the Future of NSF, 1992.
Member, Advisory Council to Research Subcommittee, House Science, Space and Technology Committee, 1993-1995
Member, Science Policy Advisory Committee, Subcommittee on Science, House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, and Technology
Member, Commission on the Global Information Infrastructure, 1995 -
Public Service Directorships and Trusteeships:
Trustee, Commonwealth Fund, 1974-80
Trustee, Polytechnic Institute of New York, 1974-1978
Trustee, Guggenheim Foundation, 1976-1978
Trustee, North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, 1979-1985
Member, Board of Overseers, Harvard University, 1984-1986
Director, RAND Corp., 1972-1982
Director, Massachusetts Centers of Excellence Corporation, 1988-1991
Director, National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, 1987-1989
Trustee, Carnegie Institution of Washington, 1973-1989
Trustee, Vanderbilt University, 1980-2004; emeritus trustee 2004-
Trustee, National Geographic Society, 1984-2003
Trustee, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 1985-1991, 1992-199?
Trustee, Telluride Institute, 1995-1997
Awards, Grants, Prizes:
U. S. Public Health Service Fellow, 1948-49
Jr. Fellow, Harvard Society of Fellows, 1949-51
Rockefeller Public Service Award, 1957-58
Outstanding Scientific Achievement Award, Washington Academy of Sciences, 1959
Gold Medal for Exceptional Service, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1961
Arthur Flemming Award, D.C. Jr. Chamber of Commerce, 1962
Samuel Wesley Stratton Award, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1966
Career Service Award, National Civil Service League, 1968
Procter Prize, Scientific Research Society of America, 1972
Carnegie Plaque, Carnegie Corporation of New York, 1986
Arthur Bueche Prize, National Academy of Engineering, 1987
Okawa Prize, Okawa Foundation for Information and Telecommunications, 1998
William Carey Lecture, Medal and Prize, AAAS Forum on Science and Technology Policy, May 2008.
D.Sc. (honorary), Western Michigan University, 1969
Rochester University, 1971
University of Colorado, 1973
Duke University, 1974
Lycoming College, 1979
Polytechnic Institute of New York, 1980
Clarkson College of Technology, 1981
University of Alabama, 1983
Pratt Institute, 1983
Rutgers University, 1984
Lehigh University, 1984
Notre Dame University, 1986
State Univ. of New York at Binghamton, 1989
L.H.D. (honorary), Pace University, 1982
Dr. Eng. (honorary), Colorado School of Mines, 1999
Fellow, American Physical Society (chairman, Division on Electron Physics, 1961-68; President of the APS in 1979;
Editor, Reviews of Modern Physics, 1963-1969
American Association for the Advancement of Science (director, 1969-73, 1999- )
American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Royal Society of the Arts (London) (former fellow)
American Philosophical Society
Senior Member, Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, 1984-
Member, National Academy of Sciences (Member of Council, 1972-75; 1998- Chairman, Editorial Advisory Board, ISSUES in Science and Technology, 1988- ;
Chair, Selection Board NAS Award for Industrial Applications of Science, 1989)
National Academy of Engineering (Chairman, Computer Science and Engineering Peer Group and Membership Committee 1989)
National Academy of Public Administration
Institute of Medicine
Phi Beta Kappa
Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society, President, 1985-86
Foreign Associate, Engineering Academy of Japan
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