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What's new: October 2020

The October update features six new biographies, including American Council of Learned Societies leaders Frederick Burkhardt and Whitney J. Oates—please click here to learn more about ACLS and the ANB. The update also includes Maria Martin, whose illustrations enlivened the work of John Hames Audubon; technology professors Hamilton Lee and David Scott Campbell; and disgraced Nobel Prize winner D. Carleton Gadjusek.

Frederick Burkhardt

Frederick Burkhardt (1913–2007) was a key figure in the growth of the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), a national federation of scholarly associations created in 1919 to advance the humanities – it would also sponsor two foundational research projects: the Dictionary of American Biography and, later, the American National Biography. During his eighteen years as president, Burkhardt strengthened ACLS’s finances, programming, and partnerships with other national academic organizations. He testified in 1965 before Congress in support of the bill establishing the National Endowment for the Humanities, and in 1970 President Richard Nixon appointed him first chairman of the National Commission on Libraries and Information Science in 1970. His career was rooted in his belief that “any civilization will be a living force in the world of the future to the extent that it values and nurtures the creative forces of art and the humanities, of philosophy and science.”

 

 

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OCTOBER 22, 2020

Discover the ACLS

As part of the October ANB update we’d like to call attention to the American Council of Learned Societies. We’re featuring two new essays on ACLS leaders and opening for free a dozen essays on major figures in ACLS history.

OCTOBER 22, 2020

What's New: October 2020

The October update features six new biographies, including American Council of Learned Societies leaders Frederick Burkhardt and Whitney J. Oates—please click here to learn more about ACLS and the ANB. The update also includes Maria Martin, whose illustrations enlivened the work of John Hames Audubon; technology professors Hamilton Lee and David Scott Campbell; and disgraced Nobel Prize winner D. Carleton Gadjusek.

SEPTEMBER 24, 2020

What's new: September 2020

The September update of the American National Biography features five new essays, with a focus on the fields of science and medicine. It includes pediatrician, public health activist, and feminist Helen Rodríguez-Trías; cardiovascular surgeon and medical educator Michael E. DeBakey; nuclear physicist Herbert York; electrical engineer and computer pioneer J. Eckert Presper; and Grace Eldering, public health leader and bacteriologist who co-developed the pertussis vaccine.