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James Lawrence Powell

Author of Night Comes to the Cretaceous


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I was born in Berea, Kentucky and graduated from Berea College with a degree in Geology.   I have a Ph.D. in Geochemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and several honorary degrees, including Doctor of Science degrees from Berea College and Oberlin College.

I taught Geology at Oberlin College for over 20 years and served as Acting President of Reed College, President of the Franklin Institute Science Museum in Philadelphia, and President and Director of the Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History.

President Reagan and later, President George H. W. Bush, both appointed me to the National Science Board, where I served for 12 years.  I am now the Executive Director of the National Physical Science Consortium.  Asteroid 1987 SH7 is named for me.  [from Rough Winds (2011)]
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