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George A. Cowan

Born: 15-Feb-1920
Birthplace: Worcester, MA
Died: 20-Apr-2012
Location of death: Los Alamos, NM
Cause of death: unspecified

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Physicist

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Founder, Santa Fe Institute

"Cowan was the one who had conceived the Institute in the first place. He was the one who had envisioned a science of complexity before anyone had even known what to call it. He was the one who had done more than anyone else to make the Santa Fe Institute happen, to make it the most intellectually exciting place that any of them had ever been in." (Mitchell Waldrop, Complexity).

Wife: Helen Siegel Dunham

    University: BS, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (1941)
    University: Physics Dept., Princeton University (during WWII)
    University: Metallurgical Laboratory, University of Chicago (during WWII)
    University: PhD, Carnegie Institute of Technology (1950)
    Administrator: Regent, New Mexico Institute of Technology
    Administrator: President, Santa Fe Institute (1984-91)

    Los Alamos National Laboratory (1949-88)
    Los Alamos National Bank Founder (1963)
    Member of the Board of Los Alamos National Bank (as Chairman, 1965-95)
    Member of the Board of Trinity Capital Corporation (as Chairman)
    American Academy of Arts and Sciences 1997
    American Chemical Society
    American Physical Society
    Friends of Joe Lieberman
    Joe Lieberman for President
    National Center for Genome Resources
    Santa Fe Opera Trustee
    Science Debate 2008
    Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society
    Manhattan Project
    E. O. Lawrence Award 1965
    Enrico Fermi Award 1990


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