(1898-1978)

Weaver worked at: Assistant professor, Throop College, Pasadena, CA 1917-18; Assistant professor of mathematics, California Institute of Technology 1919-20; University of Wisconsin (Madison): Assistant professor 1920-25; Associate professor 1925-28; Professor of mathematics and chairman of department 1928-32; Rockefeller Foundation: director of natural sciences 1932-55; Vice-pres. for natural and medical sciences 1955-59; Alfred P. Sloan Foundation: Trustee and member of executive committee 1956-67; Vice-pres. 1959-64; Consultant on scientific affairs 1964-78; Served on numerous boards and chaired numerous committees.

While at Rockefeller Foundation, Weaver promoted research in experimental biology and agricultural science, emphasizing improving human nutrition. He wrote autobiography entitled Science of Change: A Lifetime in American Science; See Contemporary Authors article (in Volume 89, p. 552) as well as Colin Burke’s Information and Secrecy.

An excellent biographical memoir, by Mina Rees, and published by the National Academy of Sciences, is available at:http://www.nasonline.org/publications/biographical-memoirs/memoir-pdfs/weaver-warren.pdf , 1987.

Offices held:

American Association for the Advancement of Science: Fellow

National Academy of Sciences: President, Chairman of the Board

American Association for the Advancement of Science: Fellow

American Physical Society: Councillor (1957-1960)

Awards received:

Great Britain: Medal for Service in the Cause of Freedom (1948)

University of Wisconsin: LLD (1948)

University of Sao Paolo, Brazil: Sc.D (1949)

Drexel Institute of Technology: Sc.D (1961)

University of Pittsburgh Sc.D (1964)

French Legion of Honor: Officer (1951)

National Academy of Sciences: Public Welfare Medal (1957)

UNESCO: Kalinga Prize (1964)

Pacific Science Center: Arches Science Award (1964)

Warren Weaver Papers:

Yale University Library, New Haven, CT (search under Savage, Leonard Jimmie: Weaver is mentioned in Leonard Jimmie Savage’s papers. The collection (1946-1971) includes correspondence between Weaver and Savage, a mathematician, statistician, and professor at Yale. Information on literary rights is also available at the repository)

University of Illinois, University Archives, Urbana-Champaign, IL (2 feet (1946-1950), search under Ridenour, Louis Nicot; this collection contains correspondence between Weaver and Louis Nicot Ridenour, a professor of physics at University of Illinois, who was involved in scientific research including nuclear energy, atomic and hydrogen bombs, international understanding, consulting work, and various government and private organizations involved in scientific research)

Columbia University Libraries, New York, NY (ca. 540 items (1948-1968), biographical oral history collection.  Includes transcripts of tape-recorded autobiographical interviews. Persons interviewed are described in the Biographical Section of the Oral History Collection of Columbia University (1964) and Supplements 1966 and 1968.  Partially restricted.)