Nuclear physicist Alvin W Trivelpiece, the new executive officer of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, brings to the post experience in academia, industry and government. He received his master's degree and doctorate at the California Institute of Technology, then went on to teach at the University of California at Berkeley (1959-66) and the University of Maryland (1966-76). In 1973-75, on leave from his faculty post, Trivelpiece was assistant director for research in the division of controlled thermonuclear research at the Atomic Energy Commission.

In 1976, he became a vice president for engineering and research at Maxwell Labs in San Diego. Two years later he joined Science Applications Inc. in La Jolla, Calif , as corporate vice president. Trivelpiece moved to the Department of Energy in 1981 to serve as assistant secretary for energy research. In that role, he was instrumental in the Reagan administration's decision to...

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