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Why George Keyworth Thought Science Belonged in the White House

Why George Keyworth Thought Science Belonged in the White House

George “Jay” Keyworth II, a Los Alamos lab physicist, science advisor to President Ronald Reagan, and long-time member of Hewlett-Packard’s board of directors, died Wednesday at age 77. Keyworth is probably best known for championing the so-called “Star Wars” missile defense system. But before diving into that controversial debate, he joined with IEEE Spectrum to gather ideas for improving engineering education. I worked with him on Spectrum ’s engineering education project in 1981. I had been covering both government agencies and education, so an obvious move was to consider what the government could and should do to address an engineering educational system that was widely recognized to be eroding. Spectrum’s then managing editor Ellis Rubinstein and I, with the encouragement and help of National Science Foundation Director John Slaughter, contacted prominent engineers i...

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