Frank Press

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Frank Press
Frank Press Jerusalem1953.jpg
Born(1924-12-04)December 4, 1924
DiedJanuary 29, 2020(2020-01-29) (aged 95)
Alma materCity College of New York (B.S.) (1944)
Columbia University (M.S.) (1946)
Columbia University (Ph.D)(1949)
AwardsWilliam Bowie Medal (1979)
Japan Prize (1993)
Vannevar Bush Award (1994)
Lomonosov Gold Medal (1997)
Scientific career
Doctoral advisorMaurice "Doc" Ewing
Doctoral studentsDon L. Anderson, Charles Archambeau
photo: Jerusalem, 1953

Frank Press (December 4, 1924 – January 29, 2020) was an American geophysicist. He was an advisor to four U.S. Presidents, and later, for two consecutive terms, was President of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences (1981–1993).[1] He was the author of 160 scientific papers and co-author of the textbooks Earth and Understanding Earth.

Press served on President's Science Advisory Committee during the Kennedy and Johnson administrations, and was appointed by President Richard Nixon to the National Science Board.

In 1977 he was appointed President Jimmy Carter's Science Advisor and Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, serving until 1981.[2]

Press died on January 29, 2020 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina at the age of 95.[3]

References[change | change source]

  1. Judith R. Goodstein, "A Conversation with Frank Press" Physics in Perspective, 6: 184-196. (2004).
  2. American Institute of Physics, "Frank Press", Array of Contemporary American Physicists.
  3. Frank Press

Other websites[change | change source]

  • Caltech Oral Histories, "Interview with Frank Press" (April 15, 1983).
  • American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library and Archive, "Oral History Transcript – Dr. Frank Press"
  • Greenberg, Daniel S. (1979). "Interview: Frank Press". Omni (June 1979).
  • SEG Virtual Geoscience Center, "Biographies: Frank Press"
  • MIT News, "Press Wins Japan Prize" (March 17, 1993).