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William T. Golden

1909 - 2007


Among his many accomplishments, Golden served as special consultant to the U.S. Bureau of the Budget, 1950-1951, reporting to President Harry Truman on how nation might best mobilize its scientific resources during the Korean War. He recommended a science advisory system be put in place to assist the President.

Discipline: Public service

AAAS offices held:

  • Treasurer, 1969 - 1999

AAAS awards and honors:

  • AAAS Lifetime Achievement Award, 2001.

William T. Golden has dedicated his career to advancing science, science policy, and science education. Intent on integrating more science and technology into the making of foreign policy, he funded a 1999 study with the National Academy of Science (NAS) and urged the recommendation of an appointment of a science and technology advisor to the U.S. Secretary of State. He is most recognized for his work under the Truman Administration, when he established the post of Science Advisor to the President, and the related Office of Science and Technology in the Executive Office of the President.

William D. Carey Lecture, 1989.