1981 Jury Member

The Rolex Awards for Enterprise

Location: United States

Gerard Piel
United States, 1915-2004

Gerard Piel was science editor of Life magazine from 1939-1944, and became the assistant to the president of Henry J. Kaiser Co and associated companies in 1945-1946. Since 1947, he is president and publisher of the Scientific American magazine.


He received his schooling at Phillips Andover Academy, and went on to take his A.B. at Harvard College, magna cum Laude, in 1937. Since that time he has been granted the honorary degrees of Sc.D, Litt. D, LHD. and LLD.


He is an overseer of Harvard College, and a trustee of Radcliffe College, Phillips Academy, American Museum of Natural History, New York University, the Mayo Foundation, the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation and the Foundation for Child Development.


ln addition, he is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, the Council on Foreign Relations, the lnstitute of Medicine, Phi Beta Kappa, and Sigma Xi (honorary).


ln 1962, Piel was awarded the Unesco Kalinga Prize, the George K. Polk Award in 1964, the Bradford Washburn Award in 1966, the Arches of Science Award in 1969 and the Rosenberger Medal from the University of Chicago in 1973.


He is the author of Science in the Cause of Man (1961), and of The Acceleration of History (1972).

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