With a Ph.D. in organic chemistry in 1957 from Northwestern University, Norman Neureiter began his research career with the Humble Oil Company (now Exxon Mobile) in Baytown, Texas. In 1963, his strong interest in foreign affairs from a year as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Munich prompted a move to the National Science Foundation to run a cooperative science program with Japan initiated by President Kennedy. In 1965 he joined the U.S. Foreign Service, serving first in the U.S. Embassy in Bonn and in 1967 became the first U.S. science attaché in Eastern Europe, residing in Warsaw, Poland and also covering Hungary and Czechoslovakia. In 1969, he moved to the White House Office of Science and Technology in charge of international affairs--playing a key role in the science initiatives that were part of President Nixon's breakthroughs with both Russia and China. In 1973, he joined Texas Instruments (TI) where a 23-year career in international business development culminated in the position of Vice President, TI Asia based for five years in Japan.
Retiring in 1996, he was a consultant to business and Government until being appointed in 2000 as the first Science and Technology Adviser to the U.S. Secretary of State, serving briefly under Madeleine Albright and then Colin Powell. In 2004, he joined the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), where he is the Director of the Center for Science, Technology and Security Policy, and Senior Advisor to the Center for Science Diplomacy. Much of his life has been devoted to international engagement and the belief that international scientific and technical cooperation can be a powerful instrument of a constructive foreign policy. He is a Public Welfare Medalist (2008) member of the National Academy of Sciences. He speaks German, Russian, Polish, French, Spanish and Japanese.Download CV