Harold T. Shapiro

Harold T. SHAPIRO (Canada/US), economist and President Emeritus of Princeton University and the University of Michigan, is a professor in the Department of Economics and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. Current scholarly/teaching interests are in bioethics, science policy, energy and climate issues, and the evolution of postsecondary education. He joined the faculty of the University of Michigan, where in 1977 he was named Vice President for Academic Affairs and elected President in 1980. In 1988, he took office as President of Princeton University, serving in that position until 2001 when he became President Emeritus. He continued to teach during his presidencies at both Princeton and Michigan. He served as a member and Vice Chair of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology from 1990 to 1992 during the administration of President George H. W. Bush. He also served President Bill Clinton’s administration as Chair of the National Bioethics Advisory Commission from 1996 to 2001. He is author of several books, including A Larger Sense of Purpose: Higher Education and Society (Princeton University Press, 2005). In 2000 he received the Council of Scientific Society Presidents Citation for Outstanding Leadership. In 2008, he was awarded the Clark Kerr Medal for Distinguished Leadership in Higher Education, presented annually by the University of California-Berkeley Academic Senate. He also received the William D. Carey Award for leadership in Science Policy from the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is a Member of the Institute of Medicine, the National Academy of Sciences, the American Philosophical Society and the European Academy of Sciences and Arts, and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He received the National Academy’s Public Welfare Medal in 2012. Dr. Shapiro received his undergraduate degree from McGill University in 1956 and his Ph.D. from Princeton in 1964, both in economics.

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