E. William Colglazier


Dr. E. William Colglazier is Editor-in-Chief of Science & Diplomacy and Senior Scholar in the Center for Science Diplomacy at the American Association for Advancement of Science. He works there to advance knowledge and practice on science policy and diplomacy and to support international cooperation in science and technology. From 2016 to 2018 he co-chaired the 10-Member Group appointed by the UN Secretary General to advise on science, technology, and innovation for achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. He served as the Science and Technology Adviser to the Secretary of State from 2011 to 2014. From 1994 to 2011, he served as Executive Officer of the National Academy of Sciences and National Research Council overseeing the studies that provide independent, objective advice on public policy issues.

He received his PhD in theoretical physics from the Caltech in 1971, and subsequently worked at SLAC, the Institute for Advanced Study, the Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard, and the University of Tennessee. He is past chair of the Forum on Physics and Society and past chair of the Committee on International Scientific Affairs of the APS. He is a Fellow of the AAAS and APS. In 2015 he received the Joseph A. Burton Forum Award recognizing “outstanding contributions to the public understanding or resolution of issues involving the interface of physics and society” and the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon, from the Government of Japan for “contributing to science and technology exchange and mutual understanding between Japan and the United States.”