Between 1961 and 1964, Jerome Wiesner served as chair of the President’s Science Advisory Committee in Washington, working on such policy issues as military technology, disarmament, and scientific education and research. Mr. Wiesner’s work influenced the 1963 treaty to ban all but underground nuclear testing. After serving as President Johnson’s Science Advisor, Mr. Wiesner went on to serve as MIT’s president, and helped to create the International Foundation for the Survival and Development of Humanity, an organization dedicated to issues of global concern.
1915 Born, Detroit, Michigan
1937 B.S. E. E., University of Michigan
1937-1940 Associate Director of Broadcasting, University of Michigan
1940-1942 Chief Engineer, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
1942-1945 Staff, radiation laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
1945-1946 Staff and Group Leader, Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory, University of California
1946-1947 Assistant Professor, MIT
1947-1950 Associate Professor, MIT
1947-1949 Assistant Director, Research Laboratory of Electronics
1949-1952 Associate Director, Research Laboratory of Electronics
1950-- Professor of Electrical Engineering, MIT
1952-1961 Director, Research Laboratory of Electronics
1956-1961 Member, U.S. Army Science Advisory Committee
1961-1964 Special Assistant to the President on Science and Technology
1961-1964 Chair, President’s Science Advisory Committee
1964-1966 Dean of Science, MIT
1966-1971 Provost, MIT
1971-1980 President, MIT
Where Science and Politics Meet, 1965.
ABM: An Evaluation of the Decision to Deploy an Antiballistic Missile System (with Abram Chayes), 1969.
Contemporary Authors Online, Gale, 2004. Reproduced in Biography Resource Center. Farmington Hills, MI: The Gale Group, 2004.