Peterson, Russell W. (Russell Wilbur), 1916-2011

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Dates:
Birth 1916-10-03
Death 2011-02-21
Americans

Biographical notes:

Governor of Delaware and environmentalist.

From the description of Russell W. Peterson papers, 1917-2004 (bulk 1973-2002). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 71073519

Conservationist.

From the description of Reminiscences of Russell W. Peterson : oral history, 1985. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 309726014

Biographical Note

  • 1916, Oct. 3: Born, Portage, Wis.
  • 1937: Married Lillian Turner (died 1994)
  • 1938: B.S., University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wis.
  • 1942: Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wis.
  • 1942 - 1968 : Held positions from research chemist to director of Research and Development Division, Development Department, E. I. du Pont de Nemours & Co.; led research on Dacron polyester fiber and set up first Dacron plant in Kinston, N.C.
  • 1969 - 1973 : Governor of Delaware
  • 1973 - 1974 : Member, Commission on Critical Choices for Americans
  • 1973 - 1976 : Chairman, Council on Environmental Quality
  • 1976 - 1977 : President, New Directions
  • 1978 - 1979 : Director, United States Congress Office of Technology Assessment
  • 1979: Member, President's Commission on the Accident at Three Mile Island
  • 1979 - 1985 : President, National Audubon Society
  • 1981 - 1991 : Chairman, Global Tomorrow Coalition
  • 1982 - 1990 : President, International Council for Bird Preservation
  • 1984 - 1988 : Vice president, International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (now IUCN - The World Conservation Union)
  • 1985 - 1990 : Founding vice-chairman, Better World Society; president 1985-1987
  • 1985: Visiting professor, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H.
  • 1986: Visiting professor, Carleton College, Northfield, Minn.
  • 1987: Visiting professor, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wis.
  • 1995: Married June B. Jenkins
  • 1996: Changed party affiliation from Republican to Democrat
  • 1999: Published Rebel with a Conscience. Newark, Del.: University of Delaware Press
  • 2003: Published Patriots, Stand Up!: This Land is Our Land, Fight to Take It Back. Wilmington, Del.: Cedar Tree Books
  • 2011, Feb. 21: Died, Centreville, Del.

From the guide to the Russell W. Peterson Papers, 1917-2004, (bulk 1973-2002), (Manuscript Division Library of Congress)

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Subjects:

  • Nuclear warfare
  • Ornithology
  • Environmental protection--International cooperation
  • Presidents--United States--Election--1996
  • Prisons
  • Environmental law
  • Energy policy
  • Prison reformers--United States
  • Presidents--Election--1996
  • Anti-nuclear movement
  • Quality of life
  • Population--Congresses
  • Technology United States
  • Nature conservation
  • Environmental law--United States
  • Conservationists--Interviews
  • Globalization
  • Presidents--Election--1988
  • Prison reformers
  • Presidents--United States--Election--1992
  • Environmental policy--United States
  • Coastal zone management
  • Criminal justice, Administration of
  • Prisons--United States
  • Presidents--United States--Election--1988
  • Environmental policy
  • Birds--Conservation
  • Technology
  • Science--Social aspects
  • Technology--Social aspects
  • Environmentalism
  • Human settlements--Congresses
  • Presidents--Election--1992
  • Population
  • Crime prevention
  • Coastal zone management--United States
  • Poverty
  • Energy consumption

Occupations:

  • Conservationists
  • Governors--Delaware

Places:

  • United States (as recorded)
  • United States (as recorded)
  • Delaware (as recorded)