Biologist; Environmental scientist; Educator; Academic administrator; Editor
Donald Kennedy received AB and PhD degrees in biology from Harvard and has served on the faculty of Stanford University from 1960 to the present. He served as the Chairman of the Department of Biology from 1964-1972, and as Director of the then-new Program in Human Biology from 1973-1977. He served as Commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration from 1977-1979 and as President of Stanford University from 1980 to 1992. His present research program, conducted through the Institute for International Studies, consists of interdisciplinary studies on the development of policies regarding such trans-boundary environmental problems as: major land-use changes, economically-driven alterations in agricultural practice; global climate change; and the development of regulatory policies. Professor Kennedy is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Philosophical Society. He served on the National Commission for Public Service and the Carnegie Commission on Science, Technology, and Government. On June 1, 2000, Dr. Kennedy began a term as Editor-in-Chief of Science, the journal of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.