It would be difficult to find a career more distinguished than that of Dr. Edward E. David, Jr. He received his PhD in Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is a recipient of 12 honorary degrees from such institutions as the University of Pennsylvania, Rutgers University, Lehigh University, Carnegie-Mellon University, the University of Michigan, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and others. He was Executive Director of Research at Bell Telephone Labs from 1950 to 1970, and is the author of 185 publications.
David served as Science Advisor to President Nixon and was Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology from 1970 to 1973. Following his years of Government service David was President of Exxon Research and Engineering from 1977 to 1986. He is also a past president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and was the U.S. representative to the NATO Science Committee for 16 years. David is currently the President of Edward E. David, Inc., advisors to industry, government and academia on technology, research and innovation.
He has been the recipient of over a dozen major awards, and is a member of the American Philosophical Society, of the National Academy of Engineering, of the National Academy of Public Administration, of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the NASA Advisory Council, and a former trustee of the John S. Guggenheim Foundation. He is a Life Member of the Corporation of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Life Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineering. David is also a member of the Board of Governors of the American Gemological Trading Association. His engagements in business have included 20 boards of directors and technical advisory boards, both nationally and abroad. He is also Vice President and Principal of the Washington Advisory Group.
Ed David has long been an enthusiastic mineral collector. At shows, Ed is very low-key and modest, jovial and relaxed, easily recognizable in his patchwork multicolored trousers. In 1993 he sold a large portion of what he fondly calls his "first collection" of minerals to the Houston Museum of Natural Science, where it forms the core of a major hall. He culled the remainder until his cases were nearly bare, and started over again building the current collection during the last decade--which now overflows the house again. Much of his current collection has now been sold through Rob Lavinsky (The Arkenstone, www.irocks.com). Dr. David is married to the former Ann Hirshberg and lives in Bedminster, New Jersey.
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