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Neal F. Lane
University of Oklahoma, 1993

Neal Lane, who served as president of Sigma Xi in 1993, is chief science advisor to President Clinton and a former director of the National Science Foundation. As director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, he has responsibility for providing advice to President Clinton in all areas of science and technology policy. Lane is a former provost at Rice University, where his tenure began in 1966 when he joined the Department of Physics as an assistant professor. He left Rice from 1984 to 1986 to serve as chancellor of the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. In addition, while on leave from Rice from 1979 to 1980, he worked for the National Science Foundation as the director of the Division of Physics. Widely recognized as a scientist and educator, Lane has written or co-authored more than 90 scientific papers and publications, including a textbook on quantum physics. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Born in Oklahoma City in 1930, he earned his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in physics from the University of Oklahoma.


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