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Optical Design & Engineering

Former OSTP head Marburger dies at 70

SPIE Newsroom
1 August 2011

John H. "Jack" Marburger, 70, a former college president who endured strident criticism from his fellow scientists as the chief science adviser to President George W. Bush, died July 28 in Port Jefferson, NY.

Marburger had been a prominent physicist, the president of Stony Brook University in New York and the head of a national laboratory before being tapped as Bush's top science adviser in 2001. He led the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and held the job of presidential science adviser for eight years, longer than anyone before him.

Marburger received a doctorate in applied physics from Stanford University in 1967 and joined the faculty at the University of Southern California as a theoretical physicist. He helped found a center for laser studies and became the university's dean of arts and sciences. As president of Stony Brook from 1980 to 1994, he helped build the state university on Long Island into a well-regarded center for medical and scientific research. From 1997 until 2001, he directed the Brookhaven National Laboratory.

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