Gerald F. Tape (1915–2005)
Gerald Tape, who served on the Science Service Board of Trustees for more than 30 years, died Nov. 20. As a physicist during World War II, he worked on developing radar technology. He was later the deputy director of the Brookhaven National Laboratory, a member of the President’s Science Advisory Committee, the chair of the Central Intelligence Agency’s Nuclear Intelligence Panel, a commissioner to the Atomic Energy Commission, and the president of Associated Universities Inc., which manages laboratories across the country. He served as the U.S. representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency from 1973 until he retired in 1980.
Among his awards are the Department of Energy’s Fermi Award for a distinguished career, the Defense Department’s Meritorious Civilian Service Award, and the National Science Foundation’s Distinguished Public Service Award.
We are grateful for Gerald Tape’s long commitment to Science Service and for his enthusiasm for Science News. The organization benefited greatly from his intelligence, diplomacy, and grace.