Don Kennedy’s long and distinguished career has spanned education, science, the environment, and human health. Don is the President Emeritus and Bing Professor of Environmental Science and Policy, Emeritus at Stanford University. He is also a Senior Fellow by courtesy at the Wood Institute for the Environment, and the Editor-in-Chief Emeritus of Science Magazine (2000-2008). Don has been on the faculty at Stanford University from 1960 to the present. He was Chair of the Department of Biology from 1964-1972, Director of the Program in Human Biology from 1973-1977, Provost from 1979 to 1980, and President of Stanford University from 1980 to 1992. Don was also Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration from 1977-79 during the Carter Administration.
Don has been involved in various roles with a number of organizations over the years, including: National Commission for Public Service; Carnegie Commission on Science, Technology and Government; Director, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; Trustee, the David and Lucille Packard Foundation; Senior Consultant, Office of Science and Technology Policy (Ford Presidency); Elected member, National Academy of Science, Institute of Medicine, American Academy of Arts and Sciences; American Philosophical Society Co-Chair, Committee on Science, Technology and Law (National Academy of Science); Editorial Board, New England Journal of Medicine; and Chairman, Selection Committee, National Academies Communications Awards. Don holds AB and Ph.D. degrees in biology from Harvard.