Science Advice to the President of U.S., Part 1


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RU Council, William T. Golden, David Rockefeller


Science Advice to the President of U.S.: Talk by William T. Golden at the RU Council Science Seminar Luncheon on March 7th, 1984

Part 1

William T. Golden (October 25, 1909 – October 7, 2007) was an American investment banker, philanthropist, and science adviser.

During World War II, Golden worked for the U.S. Navy's Bureau of Ordnance, and helped develop antiaircraft gun firing technology. After the war, he worked with Lewis Strauss at the newly formed Atomic Energy Commission. In the 1950s, when president Harry Truman consulted Golden concerning the possible re-establishment of the wartime Office of Scientific Research and Development, Golden instead suggested appointing a science adviser to the president. Truman agreed, and the first science adviser was Oliver Ellsworth Buckley. Golden was also instrumental in establishing the National Science Foundation during Truman's term as president.

Golden served on the boards of directors of multiple businesses, agencies, and universities, including the Carnegie Institution for Science, the American Museum of Natural History, the Mount Sinai Hospital, New York, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.The William T. Golden Center for Science and Engineering, the headquarters of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, was named after Golden in 1995. In 2001, Golden received the AAAS Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He was a member of the American Philosophical Society, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the National Academy of Sciences.

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