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John Edward Pfeiffer, American deceased author. Recipient Columbia Broadcasting System television Writing award, 1959, Wenner-Gren Foundation grant, 1961, Carnegie Corporation of New York grants, 1965, 69; John Simon Guggenheim fellow, 1952, 54; Fulbright fellow, 1958; Harry Frank Guggenheim fellow, 1979-1980, 80-81.


Pfeiffer, John Edward was born on September 27, 1914 in New York City. Son of Edward Heyman and Jeannette (Gross) Pfeiffer.


Bachelor of Arts, Yale University, 1936.


Science editor, Newsweek magazine, New York City, 1936-1942;science director, Columbia Broadcasting System, New York City, 1946-1948;member editorial board, Science American, New York City, 1948-1950;free-lance writer, editor, since 1950. Professor anthropology Livingston College, Rutgers University, since 1968. Consultant National Science Foundation, University of Chicago, Princeton University Advisory Council for Anthropology, Tulane University, Ednl.

Testing Svc. Princeton, New Jersey, Harvard University Negotiation Project, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Berkeley Study of High Risk Orgns., Harper's magazine, others. Member of advisory council on anthropology Princeton University.



Trustee Solebury School, New Hope, Pennsylvania. Member American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Anthropological Association, Academy Management, Prehistoric Society of England, Society of America Archeologists, Society of America Anthropology, Antarctic Archaeol. Institute, National Association Science Writers (past president), Prehistoric Society London, Phi Beta Kappa.


Married Naomi Ranson, September 9, 1939. 1 son, Anthony John.

Edward Heyman Pfeiffer

Jeannette (Gross) Pfeiffer

Naomi Ranson