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Irving Swem Bengelsdorf, American Science writer, consultant. Recipient Claude Bernard Science Journalism award National Society for Medical Research, 1968, Bicentennial Humanitarian award City of Los Angeles, 1981.


Bengelsdorf, Irving Swem was born on October 23, 1922 in Chicago, Illinois, United States. Son of Jacob and Frieda (Wiener) Bengelsdorf.


Bachelor of Science in Chemistry with highest honors, University of Illinois, 1943; student, Cornell Univercity Master of Science, University of Chicago, 1948; Doctor of Philosophy, University of Chicago, 1951.


Member chemistry faculty University of California at Los Angeles, 1952-1954. Research chemist General Electric Research Laboratory, Schenectady, New York, 1954-1959. Research group leader Texaco-United States Rubber Research Center, Parsippany, New Jersey, 1959-1960.

Senior scientist United States Borax Research Corporation, Anaheim, California, 1960-1963. Science editor Los Angeles Times, 1963-1970. Director science communication California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, 1971-1980.

Contributing science columnist Los Angeles Herald-Examiner, 1978-1986. Technical writer, specialist Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, 1980-1988. Contributing science columnist North County Times, California, 1992—2007.

Consultant Jet Propulsion Laboratory, 1988-2007. Distinguished visiting professor University Southern California, Los Angeles, 1971-1990. Teacher television course in Russian language General Electric Research Laboratory, Schenectady, 1958.

Consultant National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 1979.


Participant 19th Pugwash Conference on Science and World Affairs, Sochi, Union of the Soviet Socialist Republics, 1969. Member cabinet University Chicago Alumni Cabinet, 1968-1971. Member University California Centers for Water and Wildland Resources Advisory Council, Davis, since 1973.

Member Mayor Bradley's Energy Policy Committee, Los Angeles, 1974. Member American Federation television and Radio Artists, 1971-1973. With United States Navy, 1944-1946.

Member American Association for the Advancement of Science (Westinghouse Writing award 1967, 69), American Chemical Society (James T. Grady award 1967), National Association Science Writers, University Chicago Alumni Club Los Angeles (Distinguished Alumnus award 1975), Society for Technology Communication (honorary), Sigma Xi.


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: stamp collecting, gardening, traveling.


Married Beverly Devorah Knapp, June 12, 1949. Children: Ruth, Lea, Judith.

Jacob Bengelsdorf

Frieda (Wiener) Bengelsdorf

Beverly Devorah Knapp

Lea Bengelsdorf

Judith Bengelsdorf

Ruth Bengelsdorf