Lewis Branscomb

Aetna Professor in Public Policy and Corporate Management Emeritus
Director Emeritus
Science, Technology and Public Policy Program,
Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
Office Address
Non Resident
Mailing Address
John F. Kennedy School of Government
Mailbox 57
79 JFK Street
Email: lewis_branscomb@Harvard.Edu
Lisa MacPhee (617-495-5994)
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Lewis Branscomb is Public Service Professor of Public Policy and Corporate Management in the Aetna Chair Emeritus and former Chair of the Program on Science, Technology and Public Policy (1986 – 1996) in the Belfer Center in HKS.  He is also Adjunct Professor at the University of California, San Diego and Distinguished Research Fellow in the Institute for Global Conflict and Cooperation of the University of California. A former Director of the National Bureau of Standards (1969 – 1972, now NIST) and Vice President and Chief Scientist of IBM (1972 – 1986), he served as Chairman of the National Science Board (1980 – 1984). A pioneer in negative ion photodetachment, he is author of books on science and technology policy, disaster resilience and counter terrorism, and early stage technology innovation.  His AB in physics is from Duke University (summa cum laude, 1945) and physics PhD in 1950 from Harvard, where he was a Junior Fellow in the Society of Fellows.