Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Order of the Rising Sun

Dr. Norman P. Neureiter, a board member of Asia Policy Point, was awarded the Emperor's Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star on November 5, 2010. There was a reception honoring him on October 24th at the residence of the Japanese Ambassador in Washington (where the above picture was snapped by APP's director). Senior members of the Capital's science community, includes the head of AAAS and the White House science adviser, attended.

He was honored for his many years of working to advance U.S.-Japan relations and science cooperation.

He is currently Senior Advisor for two Centers at the American Association for the advancement of Science (AAAS): the Center for Science Diplomacy and also the Center for Science, Technology and Security Policy, the latter of which he had previously served as Director for five years.

Dr. Neureiter started working with Japan in 1963, when he became the first permanent U.S. program director for the U.S.-Japan Cooperative Science Program that was initiated under President John F. Kennedy.

From 1989 to 1994, he lived in Tokyo and served as vice president of Texas Instruments Asia. He represented the company during bitter and extended patent disputes with Japanese companies. The Japanese Patent Office took 30 years to grant TI a patent for its Kilby microchip.

In 1994, Neureiter was asked by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy to chair the U.S. side of an advisory committee established under the U.S.-Japan Science Cooperation Agreement. He served as U.S. co-chair of that committee, the Joint High-Level Advisory Panel, until 2000.

After retirement from Texas Instruments in 1996, Neureiter served as a consultant until being appointed in September 2000 as the first Science and Technology Adviser to the U.S. Secretary of State. He served briefly under Madeleine Albright and then under Colin Powell. Neureiter joined AAAS in 2004 to lead the newly organized Center for Science, Technology and Security Policy.

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