Skip to comments.Physicist, Advised George H.W. Bush, Dies
Posted on 02/12/2005 9:25:40 AM PST by LibWhacker
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Nuclear physicist D. Allan Bromley, a Yale University professor and an architect of U.S. science policy during the administration of President George H.W. Bush, has died. He was 79.
Bromley died of a heart attack Thursday afternoon, shortly after teaching a class, the university said.
As then-President Bush (news - web sites)'s top science adviser from 1989 to 1993, Bromley pushed for sizable increases in funding for scientific research in a race to keep U.S. manufacturing ahead of Japan and Germany.
"My respect for the job he did as science adviser to the president knew no limits," Bush said in a statement Friday. "In my view he was a truly great leader in the U.S. scientific community. I know I felt privileged to have him at my side when I was president."
He supported the expansion of the high-speed network that became the Internet and, after questioning the science behind global warming for years, he was credited with persuading Bush to attend a summit on the issue.
"Alan was a giant in science and technology policy," said Michael Boskin, who served as chairman of Bush's Council of Economic Advisers. "He got all of us to think long and hard about what the appropriate role should be in funding research and development."
Serving both as Bush's science and technology adviser and as chairman of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, Bromley was seen as one of the most influential science advisers ever.
"He did have the president's ear," John H. Sununu, Bush's former chief of staff, said Friday. "He understood that the decisions were the president's, but he gave the president his best advice rather directly. That made him a superb adviser on hard issues."
Bromley was an early champion of what he called the "data superhighway," and later became the Internet.
"Ten years from now," Bromley said in 1991, "I'd like it to be widely available and looked upon like the telephone network."
Born in Ontario, Bromley became a U.S. citizen in 1970.
Before being appointed to the Bush cabinet, he sat on President Reagan's White House Science Council and served as president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (news - web sites). In 1988, he received the National Medal of Science, the nation's highest scientific award.
Sad, sad news. We need more people like Bromley on our side.
I hate headlines like this. To someone who scans headlines, you don't realize who actually died until the third glance.
It be bad English.
Intentionally written like that, to get your attention, headline, was.
What a STUPID headline! Tells you what the RATS heartfelt desire is!!
Indeed this is sad news. :-(
I'd also like to add that Bromley's alma matter, Queens University in Kingston, Ontario, is also where my parents went to (and met). My dad graduated from its medical school.