Former President and Chief Executive Officer
New York Academy of Sciences
New York, NY
Rodney W. Nichols, President and CEO of the New York Academy of Sciences from 1992 to 2001, was previously Scholar-in-Residence at the Carnegie Corporation of New York (1990-1992), and Vice President and Executive Vice President of The Rockefeller University (1970-1990). Earlier he served as an R&D manager in industry and in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. A Harvard graduate and applied physicist, he is an experienced executive in both the public and private sectors. He has held major responsibilities for budgets, strategic planning, facilities and construction, public affairs, fundraising, institutional governance, and university-industry relations. Co-author of two books and scores of papers, he frequently lectures on: research and development trends; international scientific cooperation and competition; and K— 12 education for economic growth. Long active in international affairs, Mr. Nichols has led projects conducted in China, Japan, India, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America. He is on the Board of Advisors to Foreign Affairs, chaired the Committee on Science and Technology for Development (COSTED) of the International Council of Scientific Unions (ICSU), and co-chaired the Japan-U.S. Cooperative Science Program administered by the National Science Foundation. He is a member of the Governing Board of the U.S.-India Forum on Science and Technology. Mr. Nichols was appointed to U.S. government delegations for international negotiations on arms control, as well as for programs in technology transfer and capacity-building in developing countries. Appointed to the Executive Committee of the Carnegie Commission on Science, Technology, and Government (1989-1994), Mr. Nichols was principal author of the Commission’s January 1992 report entitled Science and Technology in US International Affairs. He also was vice chair to former President Jimmy Carter for the Commission’s December 1992 report on Partnerships for Global Development. He co-authored chapters on Science and Technology in North America for UNESCO’s biennial World Science Report (1994, 1996, and 1998), prepared the entry on Science and Technology for Oxford’s Encyclopedia of US Foreign Relations (1997), and chaired a research project of the Council on Foreign Relations on Technology Policy in Managing Global Warming (2001). He is a member of the editorial board of Technology in Society: An International Journal. Mr. Nichols has advised the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy; the State, Defense, and Energy Departments; the National Institutes of Health; the National Science Foundation; the United Nations; the U.S. Congress Office of Technology Assessment; and the National Academies of Science and Engineering. He has given Congressional testimony on both civilian and defense R&D. His commercial consulting has included the central research laboratory of GTE and Shell Technology Ventures. In the New York area, he currently serves on the boards of CUNY Research Foundation, Eugene Lang College of New School University, Irvington Institute for Immunological Research, the Manhattan Institute, and the ALS Association. He is chair of the American Forum for Global Education. He was a founding judge on the selection panel for the American Committee for the Weizmann Institute’s Women in Science Award. Earlier he served on the boards of the American University in Beirut, Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation, the Harbor Branch Oceanographic institution, and the Critical Technologies Institute (operated by RAND). He is a consultant to the Richard Lounsbery Foundation, the Simons Foundation and other non-profit initiatives. Elected a Fellow of the AAAS and of the New York Academy of Sciences, Mr. Nichols is a member of the American Physical Society. He was elected to the Council on Foreign Relations and Sigma Xi. He was awarded the Secretary of Defense Medal for Distinguished and Meritorious Civilian Service (1970), the Distinguished Patriot Award of the Sons of the Revolution (1996), and an honorary Doctor of Science by Cedar Crest College (2001). He is a member of the Harvard Club, Century Association, and Cosmos Club.