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Donald Kennedy

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Donald Kennedy

Former President of Stanford University


Donald Kennedy is a scientist, public administrator, and academic who served as the President of Stanford University from 1980 until 1992. From 2000-2008, he was the editor-in-chief of Science, the journal of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a CESP senior fellow by courtesy. His present research program entails policy on major land-use changes, economically-driven changes in agricultural practice, global climate change, and the development of regulatory policies. Donald has served on the faculty of Stanford University from 1960 to the present. He was Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration from 1977-79. Donald is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society. He served on the National Commission for Public Service and the Carnegie Commission on Science, Technology and Government, and as a founding director of the Health Effects Institute. He currently serves as a director of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and as co-chair of the National Academies' Project on Science, Technology, and Law.