Sidebar: For Further Information - Retiring Scientists

Retirement, like many other facets of employment, has changed greatly over the last generation. Rare are the employees-researchers included-who spend 40 years at the same job and retire at age 65, living the remainder of their years off Social Security benefits and traditional company pensions.

Instead, today's workers often switch jobs several times during the course of their careers, and when they retire, they are more likely to pay the bills with earnings from investments both they and their employers made. With the end of federally mandated retirement ages, first in government and private industry and most recently in academia, scientists are finding many ways to be productive well into their golden years.

It has now been two years since the mandatory retirement age of 70 for tenured faculty members was abolished (B. Goodman, The Scientist, April 18, 1994, page 1...

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