Alan Alda

Alan Alda

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Alan Alda is an acclaimed actor, director, and writer with a lifelong passion for science. As a Visiting Professor in Stony Brook University’s School of Journalism, he is a founding member of the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science and a leading national advocate for educating young scientists to connect better with the public. Mr. Alda, who first became famous playing surgeon Hawkeye Pierce in TV’s “MASH,”has won seven Emmy Awards and six Golden Globe Awards. In 2005, he had the distinction of publishing a best-selling book and being nominated for an Oscar, an Emmy, and a Tony, all in a single year. But outstanding as his artistic achievements are, they are rivaled by his contributions to science communication. 

In his work with the Alda Center, he has spoken to thousands of scientists around the country, helped shape courses taken by well over 500 graduate students, and helped build a collaborative network of affiliated programs stretching from Dartmouth to the University of Oregon. Mr. Alda is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the American Physical Society and a board member of the World Science Festival. He has written plays about Marie Curie (“Radiance”) and Einstein (“Dear Albert”) and has received many honors, including the National Science Board’s Public Service Award “for his contagious enthusiasm in fostering wonder and discovery by bringing complex scientific concepts to all audiences.”

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