John M. Deutch

Advisory Board Member

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John Deutch is an emeritus Institute Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

A member of the MIT faculty since 1970, Deutch has served as Chairman of the Department of Chemistry, Dean of Science and Provost. Deutch has published over 140 technical publications in physical chemistry, as well as numerous publications on technology, energy, international security, and public policy issues. He has served as Director of Central Intelligence following a unanimous vote in the Senate and served until December 1996. In this position, he was head of the Intelligence Community and directed the Central Intelligence Agency. He served as the Deputy Secretary of Defense as well as Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisitions and Technology. From 1977 to 1980, Deutch served in a number of positions for the U.S. Department of Energy, including as Director of Energy Research, Acting Assistant Secretary for Energy Technology, and Undersecretary of the Department. Deutch has served on many commissions during several presidential administrations. He has served on the President’s Nuclear Safety Oversight Committee (1980–81); the President’s Commission on Strategic Forces (1983); the White House Science Council (1985–89); the President’s Committee of Advisors on Science and Technology (1997–2001), the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board (1990–93); the President’ Commission on Aviation Safety and Security (1996); the Commission on Reducing and Protecting Government Secrecy (1996); and as Chairman of the Commission to Assess the Organization of the Federal Government to Combat the Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction (1998–99).

Deutch has also received fellowships and honors from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1978) and Alfred P. Sloan Foundation (Research Fellow 1967–69), and John Simon Guggenheim Foundation (Memorial Fellow 1974–1975). He delivered the 2010 Godkin Lectures on the Essentials of Free Government and the Duties of the Citizen. John Deutch earned a B.A. in history and economics from Amherst College, and both the B.S. in chemical engineering and Ph.D. in physical chemistry from M.I.T. He holds honorary degrees from Amherst College, University of Lowell, and Northeastern University. He has served as director for the following publicly held companies: American Natural Resources, Citigroup, CMS Energy, Cummins Engine, Perkin-Elmer, Raytheon, SAIC, Schlumberger and Cheniere Energy. He has been a trustee of Center of American Progress, Resources for the Future, the Massachusetts General Hospital Physician Organization, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the Skolkovo Institute. He has served on the board of the Urban Institute and the Council on Foreign Relations.

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