Wohlstetter, Albert J.

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Birth 1913-12-19
Death 1997-01-10
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Albert J. Wohlstetter Biographical Note

  • 1913 December 19: Born in New York City
  • 1934: B.A., College of the City of New York
  • 1934 - 1935 : Studied, Columbia University Law School
  • 1937: M.A. in mathematical and symbolic logic from Columbia University, Graduate School of Philosophy
  • 1939: Married Roberta Morgan
  • 1941 - 1942 : Research Associate, National Bureau of Economic Research
  • 1942 - 1943 : Consultant, Planning Committee, War Production Board
  • 1942 - 1945 : Factory Manager and Quality Control Manager, Atlas Aircraft Products Corporation
  • 1945 - 1946 : Director of Research, General Panel Corporation, New York
  • 1946 - 1947 : Program director, National Housing Agency, Washington, D.C.
  • 1947 - 1951 : Vice President, then President, General Panel Corporation, Burbank, California
  • 1951 - 1997 : Senior Analyst and Consultant, Rand Corporation, Economics Department
  • 1958: Adviser to United States delegation, Geneva Conference on Surprise Attack
  • 1961 - 1967 : Consultant to the Assistant Secretary of Defense, and thereafter consultant to the Department of Defense throughout his career
  • 1962: Adviser to President John F. Kennedy during the Cuban Missile Crisis
  • 1962 - 1964 : Ford Professor, Universities of California at Berkeley, and visiting professor at Los Angeles
  • 1964 - 1972 : Served as consultant to various corporations and institutions, including Research & Analysis Corp., Stanford Research Institute, General Electric, and the Northrop Corporation
  • 1964 - 1980 : University Professor, later University Professor Emeritus, University of Chicago
  • 1965: Author (with Roberta Wohlstetter), Controlling the Risks in Cuba
  • 1965: 1976: Awarded Medal for Distinguished Service, Department of Defense
  • 1969 - 1971 : Consultant to the National Security Council, Washington D.C.
  • 1970 - 1971 : Fellow, All Souls College, Oxford, England
  • 1970 - 1992 : Member, Executive Committee and Director, Strategy Group, California Seminar on Arms Control and Foreign Policy (also known as California Seminar on International Security and Foreign Policy)
  • 1971? - 1997 : Member, Chief of Naval Operations Executive Panel
  • 1974 - 1997 : Founding partner and Senior Consultant, PanHeuristics, affiliated with Science Applications Inc., and subsequently with RDA
  • 1975 - 1975 ? : President, European American Institute for Security Research (EAI)
  • 1975 - 1988? : Chairman, New Alternatives Workshop
  • 1979: Author (with Roberta Wohlstetter), Swords from Plowshares: The Military Potential of Civilian Nuclear Energy
  • 1979 - 1992? : Vice President, Security Conference on Asia and Pacific (SECAP)
  • 198? - 1997 : President, American Institute for Strategic Cooperation (AISC)
  • 1980 - 1997 : Senior Research Fellow, Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace, Stanford University
  • 1985: Author, Between an Unfree World and None: Increasing Our Choices
  • 1985 November: Albert and Roberta Wohlstetter jointly awarded Medal of Freedom by President Reagan
  • 1985 - 1992 : Member, President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board (PFIAB)
  • 1986 - 1992 : Member, Defense Policy Board
  • 1986: Appointed Co-Chairman of the Presidential Commission of Integrated Long-Term Strategy
  • 1990 - 1997 : Active in the affairs of the Balkan Institute
  • 1994: Honorary Ph.D., City University of New York
  • 1997 January 10: Died, Los Angeles, California

Roberta Wohlstetter Biographical Note

  • 1912 August 22: Born, Duluth, Minnesota
  • 1930 Summer: Studied, Stanford University
  • 1931 Summer: Studied, Sorbonne, Paris
  • 1932 Summer: Studied, University of Heidelberg
  • 1933: B.A., Vassar College
  • 1934 - 1935 : Studied, Columbia University Law School
  • 1936: M.A. in psychology, Columbia University
  • 1937: M.A. in comparative literature, Radcliffe College
  • 1937 - 1938 : Teaching assistant, University of Southern California
  • 1939: Married Albert Wohlstetter
  • Early 1940s: Taught at Barnard College
  • Mid 1940s: Taught at Howard University Attended Washington School of Psychiatry
  • 1947 - 2002 : Consultant, Rand Corporation, Social Science Department
  • 1962: Author, Pearl Harbor: Warning and Decision
  • 1962: Awarded the Bancroft Prize in Diplomatic History
  • 1963: Named the Los Angeles Times Woman of the Year
  • 1965: Author (with Albert Wohlstetter), Controlling the Risks in Cuba
  • 1965 - 1968? : Taught at the University of Chicago
  • 1970 - 2007 : Member, Council on Foreign Relations (first woman to be invited to join)
  • 1970 - 1971 : Fellow, St. Hilda's College, Oxford, England
  • 1970 - 1992 : Member, California Seminar on Arms Control and Foreign Policy (also known as California Seminar on International Security and Foreign Policy)
  • 1979: Author (with Albert Wohlstetter), Swords from Plowshares: The Military Potential of Civilian Nuclear Energy
  • 1979 - 1982 : Member, Defense Science Board
  • 1981 - 1985 : Member, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Advisory Board, Ad Hoc Task Force on Terrorism
  • 1982 - 1984 : Consultant, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
  • 1985 November: Awarded (with Albert Wohlstetter) the Medal of Freedom by President Reagan
  • 1986 - 1989 : Consultant, Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy
  • 1988 - 1998 : Consultant to the Director, Net Assessment
  • 1994 - 2007 : Served on Board of Advisors, Nonproliferation Policy Education Center (NPEC)
  • 1997: Awarded the Defense Special Weapons Agency Lifetime Achievement Medal
  • 2007 January 6: Died, Manhattan, New York

From the guide to the Albert J. and Roberta Wohlstetter Papers, 1929-2007, (Hoover Institution Archives)

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