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Dr. John Harmen Marburger III

Vice President for Research, Stony Brook University

John H. Marburger, III is Vice President for Research and University Professor in the departments of Physics, Electrical Engineering, and Society and Technology at Stony Brook University. He served as Science Advisor to the President and Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy during the George W. Bush Administration (2001-2009), and was Director of Brookhaven National Laboratory from 1998. As President of Stony Brook University (1980-1994) Marburger served on numerous boards and committees, including chairmanship of Governor Cuomo's Commission on the Shoreham Nuclear Power facility, and chairmanship of Universities Research Association which operates Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. He began his academic career at the University of Southern California in 1967 where he was Professor of Physics and Electrical Engineering, and served as Chairman of the Physics Department and later as Dean of the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. Marburger attended Princeton University (A.B. Physics 1962) and Stanford University (Ph.D. Applied Physics 1967). He is a theoretical physicist specializing in nonlinear and quantum optics.Marburger's tenure as the President's Science Advisor, the longest in history, began immediately following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 and included major policy initiatives associated with the establishment of the Department of Homeland Security, re-orientation of the nation's space policy following the crash of the Columbia space shuttle in 2003, and the American Competitiveness Initiative that aimed to double federal funding for the physical sciences and engineering.