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2003 Philip Hauge Abelson Prize Recipient

2003 Award Recipients

AAAS Philip Hauge Abelson Prize



Dr. Norman P. Neureiter is the recipient of the AAAS Philip Hauge Abelson Prize. He is honored for his substantial contributions in building more effective relationships between the diplomatic and the scientific communities and in increasing both communities’ awareness of the importance of science and its value in international statecraft.

The AAAS Philip Hauge Abelson Prize honors a public servant for exceptional contributions to advancing science or a scientist or engineer for a distinguished career of scientific achievement and service to the community. Established in 1985 by the AAAS Board of Directors, the prize is a tribute to Dr. Abelson’s long-time service as editor-in-chief of Science. The recipient receives $5,000 and a commemorative medal.

Norman P. Neureiter, recently retired from the position of Science and Technology Adviser to the Secretary of State, has had nearly 40 years of productive engagement in government. Beginning as a foreign service officer in the 1960s, serving in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy in the 1970s, and returning to the U.S. Department of State in recent years, Dr. Neureiter has participated in a remarkably wide range of activities underlying the role of science in government. Especially noteworthy are his recent contributions to revitalizing science within the Department of State. He significantly increased awareness within the department of the importance of science and its value in international statecraft, while also substantially improving the relationship between the State Department and the American scientific community.

Trained as an organic chemist, Dr. Neureiter was a Fulbright Fellow at the University of Munich, Germany, from 1955 to 1956. He joined Humble Oil and Refining Company (now part of ExxonMobil Corporation) in 1957 as a research chemist, while also teaching German and Russian at the University of Houston. From 1963 to 1965, he served in the International Affairs Office of the National Science Foundation, becoming Program Director of the newly created U.S.-Japan Cooperative Science Program. Dr. Neureiter entered the U.S. Foreign Service in 1965, serving as deputy science attaché in the U.S. Embassy in Bonn, Germany. From 1967 to 1969 he was the first U.S. science attaché in Eastern Europe, based at the U.S. embassy in Warsaw, with responsibility for Hungary, Czechoslovakia and Poland. He worked on international affairs in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy during 1969-73, and was deeply involved in preparing agreements on S&T cooperation initiated by the U.S. with the Soviet Union and the People’s Republic of China.

In 1973 Dr. Neureiter entered industry, holding a variety of internationally-related positions with Texas Instruments (TI), including Vice President for Corporate Staff, where he was TI’s principal spokesperson throughout the world from 1980 to 1989. From 1989 to 1996, he served as Director of TI Japan, and Vice President of TI Asia. He has served on boards and advisory committees of numerous scientific and foreign-affairs organizations, including the National Academy of Sciences’ Space Studies Board and the Council on International Educational Exchange in New York. Upon taking early retirement from TI in 1996, he became U.S. co-chair of the U.S.-Japan Joint High Level Advisory Committee. Dr. Neureiter was sworn in as Science and Technology Adviser to the Secretary of State on September 19, 2000, and has just completed his service in that role.

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