About: History & Archives
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Philip Hauge Abelson
1913 - 2004
As editor of Science from 1962 to 1984, Dr. Abelson implemented more efficient peer review procedures for scientific papers submitted to the magazine and encouraged a more active style of science reporting that included broader coverage of science and policy issues. Among his scientific accomplishments, Dr. Abelson colloborated in the discovery of neptunium(element 93)and devised a method for large-scale synthesis of enriched uranium for use as a power source in submarines. He served as director of the Carnegie Institution of Washington's Geophysical Laboratory from 1953 to 1971.
Disciplines: Physics, Chemistry
AAAS offices held:
- Editor of Science, 1962 - 1984
- Chair, Committee on AAAS Meetings, 1962
- Executive Officer (acting), 1974 - 1975
- Executive Officer (acting), 1989
AAAS awards and honors:
- William D. Carey Lecture, 1997.
- Library of Congress, Manuscript Division