Former secretary of state George Shultz dies at 100

February 8, 2021, 10:32AMANS Nuclear Cafe


George P. Shultz, a former U.S. secretary of state who played a central role in helping bring the Cold War to an end, died Saturday at 100, the Hoover Institution at Stanford University announced.

ANS connection: Shultz, an ANS member, was honored during the 2020 ANS Virtual Winter Meeting with a celebration of his 100th birthday. He provided recorded comments on the increasing challenges facing policy decisions related to climate change, artificial intelligence, and advanced manufacturing/3D printing. Former senator Sam Nunn reviewed Shultz’s “500 years' worth” of accomplishments and service to the United States.

ANS has issued a statement on the passing of George Schultz.

In honor of Shultz’s birthday, Jim Behrens, retired senior technical advisor for the U.S. Navy at the Pentagon, announced a new ANS scholarship in Schultz's name for graduate students who want to focus on science and technology policy. The scholarship is available to students in the Washington, D.C., area and is now open for applications.

A distinguished career: Shultz, the Thomas W. and Susan B. Ford Distinguished Fellow at the Hoover Institution and professor emeritus at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, had an illustrious career in government, in academia, and in the world of business. He is one of only two Americans to have held four different federal cabinet posts - State, Treasury, Labor, and Office of Management and Budget. He taught at three of this country’s great universities, and for eight years was president of the Bechtel Group, a major engineering and construction company.

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