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also known as Jack, Jack Gibbons

Government official , physicist

John Howard Gibbons, American Government official, physicist.


Gibbons, John Howard was born on January 15, 1929 in Harrisonburg, Virginia, United States. Son of Howard K. and Jessie Diana (Conrad) Gibbons.


Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Chemistry, Randolph-Macon College, 1949. Doctor of Science (honorary), Randolph-Macon College, 1977. Doctor of Philosophy in Physics, Duke University, 1954.

Doctor of Science (honorary), Duke University, 1997. Doctor of Philosophy in Humane Letters and Science (honorary), Illinois Institute of Technology, 1994. Doctor of Philosophy in Science (honorary), Mount Sinai Medical School, 1995.

Doctor of Science (honorary), University Delaware, 1996. Doctor of Science (honorary), University Maryland, 1997.


Physicist and group leader nuclear geophysics Oak Ridge National Laboratory, 1954-1969, director environmental program, 1969-1973. First director Energy Conservation Office, Washington, 1973-1974, Federal Energy Administrator. Professor physics, director Energy, Environmental and Resources Center, University Tennessee, Knoxville, 1974-1979.

Director Office of Technology Assessment, United States Congress, 1979-1992. Assistant to President for science and technical Executive Office of the President, Washington, 1993-1998. Director of science and technical policy Executive Office of President, 1993-1998.

President Resource Strategies, since 1998. Karl T. Compton lecturer Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1998-1999. Senior fellow National Academy of Engineering, 1999-2000.

Senior advisor United States Department State, 1999-2000. Advisory committee neutron cross sections United States Atomic Energy Commission, 1969—1970. Advisory committee national center analysis energy system Brookhaven National Laboratory, 1976—1977.

Chairman demand/conservation panel Committee Nuclear & Alternative Energy Systems, 1976—1979. Chairman advisory committee energy and environmental system division Argonne National Laboratory, 1977—1979. Chairman advisory committee national center analysis energy system Brookhaven National Laboratory, 1977.

Advisory board energy Research and Development United States Department Energy, 1978—1979. Member Energy Research Advisory Board, 1978—1979. Member board science and technical for international development Committee Nuclear & Alternative Energy Systems, 1979—1987.

Energy and resources committee Aspen Institute, since 1979. Senior advisory panel Energy Modeling Forum Stanford University, 1980—1992, member advisory committee School Engineering, 1984—1987. Board directors Resources for the Future, 1983—1992.

Member steering committee Symposium Series Technology & Society, 1984—1992. Member advisory committee Electric Power Research Institute, 1986—1992. Member executive committee An Energy Agenda for 1990s, 1987—1988.

Member Carnegie Corporation Science, Technology and Government Task Force on Long Term Goals and Priorities, 1990—1992, Governor's Commission Climate Change, Common Wealth Virginia, since 2008, Advisory Panel, EPCOT Walt Disney World, 1981—1982. Member, board directors The Energy Foundation, 1990—1992. Board directors Dynamac Corporation, since 1998.

Member council advisors National Renewable Energy Laboratory, since 1998. Member steering committee National Climate Assessment, 1998—2001. Board directors World Resource Institute, 1998—2003, chair program committee, 1999—2000.

Board directors Interstate Waste Technologies, LLP, since 1999, Black Rock Forest Consortium, since 1999, Action LLC. Chair World Bank panel on millenium science initiatives, 2000—2001, Committee Improving Effectiveness Environmental Non-Governor Programs, Russia, 2000. Member international advisory board committee on international programs National Academies, 2001—2006, division advisor division on physical science and engineering, since 2001.

Chief academy advisor Shenglongda Company Ltd., 2001—2006. Member strategic advisory committee Gas Technology Institute, 2003—2006. Chairman board Population Action International, 2003—2006.

Member advisory board Massachusetts Institute of Technology Innovations Technology/Governance/Globalization Journal, since 2005. Member Idaho National Laboratory Science and Technology Committee, since 2005. Consultant Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, since 2002.

Advisory board Airlie Foundation, since 2006. Board directors Scientists and Engineers American, since 2006. Senior adviser Global Environment and Technology Foundation, 2006.

Member advisory board Center American Progress Journal Science Technology and Human Values, since 2007. Board directors Transition Energy, 2007. Consultant in field; steering committee chair, Technology and Peace Building National Academy Engineering, 2001—2008.


Chairman board associations Randolph-Macon College, Ashland, Virginia, 1980-1983, trustee, 1977-1979. Board directors Knoxville Energy Expo '82, 1978-1979, chairman energy committee and national advisory county, 1979-1982. Board directors Tennessee Energy Authority, 1977-1979, World Resources Institute, since 1998.

Advisory board Trinity Institute, New York City, 1987-1992. Fellow American Association for the Advancement of Science (board directors 1988-1990, Philip Hauge Abelson prize 1993), Association for Women in Science, American Physical Society (Leo Szilard award for physics in public interest 1991), National Science Foundation (Distinguished Public Svc. award 1998), American Assn.Engring. Socs. (chairman's award 1998).

Member National Academy of Engineering (Arthur Burche award 1998), Council Foreign Rels., New York Academy Sciences (Board of Governors since 1998, trustee since 1998), Cosmos Club, Sigma Xi (long-range planning committee 1989-1992, national lecturer 1978-1979), Phi Beta Kappa, Pi Gamma Mu, Omicron Delta Kappa, Pi Mu Epsilon, Sigma Pi Sigma, Sigma Xi (John P. McGovern Science and Society award and medal 1997).


  • Other Interests

    Hiking, farming.


Married Mary Ann Hobart, May 21, 1955. Children: Virginia Neil, Diana Conrad, Mary Marshall.

Howard K. Gibbons

Jessie Diana (Conrad) Gibbons

Mary Ann Hobart

Virginia Neil Gibbons

Diana Conrad Gibbons

Mary Marshall Gibbons