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Description: Dr. Frank Press
Dr. Frank Press

Former Member, KAUST International Advisory Council; Former Science Advisor to the President of the United States; President Emeritus, National Academy of Sciences United States

The Honorable Frank Press advises on R&D strategic planning; management and research scenarios for new undertakings in industry and academia; and international research opportunities. Dr. Press was president of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and chairman of the National Research Council from 1981 to 1993, and science adviser to the President of the United States and director, Office of Science and Technology Policy from 1977 to 1980. Prior to that, he was professor of Geophysics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and chairman of the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences. Dr. Press was also professor of geophysics at the California Institute of Technology and director of the Seismological Laboratory. He is a Life Member of the Corporation of MIT and board member of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, the Marine Biological Laboratory, and the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute. He was the Cecil and Ida Green Senior Fellow at the Carnegie Institution of Washington from 1993-1997. Since 1993, he has been a visiting professor at Cornell, California Institute of Technology, Stanford, and Indiana universities.

Dr. Press has been elected to fellowship in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Royal Astronomical Society, the Royal Society (London), the Russian Academy of Sciences, and the Academie des Sciences (France). He is the recipient of 30 honorary degrees. Among his awards are the U.S. National Medal of Sciences, the Vannevar Bush Award, and the Pupin Medal from Columbia University. Dr. Press received the Japan Prize from the Emperor in 1993. He was awarded the “great gold” Lomonosov medal, the highest award of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

Dr. Press earned a bachelor's of science degree from the City College of New York, and a master's degree and doctorate from Columbia University.

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