As President Clinton's Science and Technology Advisor, and Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, Dr. Gibbons championed the importance of international science and technology. and advocated international S&T collaboration to achieve U.S. foreign policy objectives.
He was instrumental achieving the policy consensus needed to launch CRDF. He laid the groundwork by recognizing the crisis facing scientists in the countries of the former Soviet Union, urging expanded U.S. and G-8 efforts to address the crisis through international scientific collaboration, and working to promote true partnerships and longstanding cooperation between the U.S. and foreign scientists.
For thirteen years before joining the president's staff, Dr. Gibbons served as the science advisor to Congress as Director of the U.S. Congressional Office of Technology Assessment. Since leaving the White House, he served as Senior Advisor to the U.S. State Department on science and technology matters. Throughout his career, Dr. Gibbons has advised the World Bank on Millennium Science Initiatives; the Environmental Protection Agency on International Environmental Technology; and the National Academies of Sciences and Engineering and the National Research Council on Improving the Effectiveness of Environmental NGOs in Russia, on Balancing Scientific Openness and National Security, and on International Programs. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations
Dr. Gibbons chaired several binational Science and Technology committees, including those with Russia and South Africa, and led numerous S&T initiatives with China, Latin America, the Middle East, the European Union, and the G-8. For his work internationally, the Germany has awarded him the Officer's Cross of the Order of Merit and France has awarded him the Commandeur dans l'Ordre des Palmes Academiques Diploma and Medal. He holds two Mathematics and Chemistry B.S.'s from Randolph-Macon College, a Physics Ph.D from Duke University, and five honorary doctorates.
CRDF is proud to recognize a longtime champion, Dr. Gibbons, for his work that follows the late U.S. Congressman George Brown's dream of international scientific collaborations serving as a peaceful and prosperous bridge connecting nations.