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Appointment for the President's Committee of Advisors on Science and Technology

August 03, 1994

The President today announced the membership of a private-sector committee to advise him on major science and technology issues and to help guide Federal investments in science and technology toward national goals. The 18-member President's Committee of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) is composed of top-level representatives from industry, education and research institutions, and nongovernmental organizations.

"I am very pleased to name these eminent scientists, engineers, business leaders, and educators as some of my key advisers," the President said. "Drawn from a cross-section of America, they will help ensure that our science and technology policies reflect our Nation's needs: health, prosperity based on long-term economic growth and technological investment, national security, environmental responsibility, and improved quality of life."

The appointment of private-sector advisers to the President highlights the administration's goal of fostering public/private partnerships to achieve national science and education goals. "To achieve our goals, we must strengthen partnerships with industry, with State and local governments, and with schools, colleges, and universities across the country," said the President.

"My goal for this committee is to help encourage those partnerships."

NOTE: The following persons were appointed to PCAST:

John H. Gibbons, Assistant to the President for Science and Technology (Cochair)

John A. Young (Cochair)

Norman R. Augustine

Francisco J. Ayala

Murray Gell-Mann

David A. Hamburg

John P. Holdren

Diana MacArthur

Shirley M. Malcom

Mario J. Molina

Peter H. Raven

Sally K. Ride

Judith Rodin

Charles A. Sanders

Phillip A. Sharp

David E. Shaw

Charles M. Vest

Virginia V. Weldon

Lilian Shiao-Yen Wu

Biographies of the appointees were made available by the Office of the Press Secretary.

William J. Clinton, Appointment for the President's Committee of Advisors on Science and Technology Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project

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