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James R. Newman, American lawyer, editor. Member of advisory board Question Manager General, 1942-1947; Member American Mathematics Society.


Newman, James R. was born on August 3, 1907 in New York City. Son of Fritz and Eugenie (Boudy) Newman.


Bachelor of Arts, College City New York, 1926. Bachelor of Laws, Columbia, 1929. Honorary degree Lawrence University, 1961.


Admitted to New York bar, 1929, practiced in New York City, 1929-1941. Assistant chief, tax authorization div. Office Under Secretary of War, 1941-1942.

Member planning committee, War Production Board, 1942-1943. Chief intelligence officer United States Embassy, London, 1943-1944, special assistant to under secretary war, 1944-1945. Assistant deputy Office War Mobilization, 1945-1946.

Special assistant to Senate Committee on Atomic Energy, 1945, counsel, 1945-1946. Senior editor New Republic, 1946-1947, contributing editor, 1948-1953. Member board editors Science American since 1948.


  • Other Work

    • Author: Mathematics and the Imagination (with Edward Kasner), 1940. The Tools of War, 1942. The Control of Atomic Energy (with Byron Miller), 1948.

      Saving American Capitalism (with others), 1949. The Atomic Energy Industry, An Experiment in Hybridization, 1951. What Is Science?, 1955.

      The World of Mathematics, 1956, Gödels Proof, 1958. Science and Sensibility, 1961. The Rule of Folly, 1962.

      Editor: Common Sense of the Exact Sciences, 1945. Harper Encyclopedia Science, 1963.


Member of advisory board Question Manager General, 1942-1947. Member American Mathematics Society.


Married Ruth Gallert, July 27, 1940. Children: Jeffrey Frederick, Brooke Anne.

Fritz Newman

Eugenie (Boudy) Newman

Ruth Gallert

Jeffrey Frederick Newman

Brooke Anne Newman