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John Lear, American writer, editor. Recipient Distinguished Service to Journalism medal Sigma Delta Chi, 1950, 60, Westinghouse prize American Association for the Advancement of Science, 1951, Albert Lasker Medical Journalism award, 1952.


Lear, John was born on August 10, 1909 in near Allen, Pennsylvania, United States. Son of Charles D. and Esther M. (Sourbeer) Lear.


Honorary Doctor of Science, Dickinson College, 1968.


Editor, Daily Local News, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, 1927-1928;reporter, Patriot, Harrisburg, 1928-1934;editor, West Shore Call, New Cumberland, Pennsylvania, 1930-1933;writer-editor, A.P., Philadelphiawriter-editor, A.P., Chicagowriter-editor, A.P., New York Citywriter-editor, A.P., Washingtonwriter-editor, A.P., Buenos Airesroving assignments, A.P., Eastern United States, Canada, South America, 1934-1942;coordinator information staff governor, P.R., 1942-1943;radio news writer, Press Association, New York City, 1943;free lance magazine correspondent, 1944-1948;managing editor, Steelways magazine, 1948-1949;chief articles editor, Collier's magazine, 1949-1950;associate editor, Collier's magazine, 1950-1953;consultant publications, International Business Machines Corporation Corporation, 1953-1954;director special atomics and automation studies, Research Institute American, 1954-1955;science editor, Sat. Review, 1956-1971;senior editor, Sat. Review, 1971-1972;vice president, Bauer Engineering, Inc., 1972;vice president, chief editor, Bauer, Sheaffer & Lear, Inc., Chicago, 1972-1975;chief editor, Keifer & Associates, Inc., 1975-1976;American correspondent, New Scientist, London, 1956-1962;editorial consultant, Russell Sage Foundation, 1967-1968;editorial consultant, Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan, 1972-1973;columnist, King Features Syndicate, 1973;editorial consultant, Rockefeller Foundation, 1978-1982.

Consultant Office of Technology Assessment, United States Congress, 1975. Publications consultant Academy Forum, National Academy Sciences, 1976.



Married Dorothy Leeds, September 26, 1931 (deceased May 1965). Married Marie Nesta, August 28, 1966.

Charles D. Lear

Esther M. (Sourbeer) Lear

Dorothy Leeds

Marie Nesta