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Edward E. David, Jr. papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MC-0582

Scope and Contents

The collection documents the professional activities of Edward E. David, Jr. from 1950 to 1994. Materials in the collection are primarily files, with some correspondence, reports, budgets, and memoranda. Topics include NATO, the White House, Exxon, and Bell Labs.


  • Creation: 1950 - 1994


Access note

This collection is open.

Conditions Governing Use

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Biographical Note

Edward E. David, Jr. (1925-2017) was born on 25 January 1925 in Wilmington, NC. He was educated at the Georgia Institute of Technology and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, from which he earned his MS (1947) and his ScD (1950) in electrical engineering.

From 1950 to 1970 Dr. David was Executive Director of Research at Bell Telephone Laboratories. He was Science Advisor to the President (Nixon) and Director of the Office of Science and Technology from 1970 to 1973. From 1977 to 1986 he was President of Exxon Research and Engineering Company. He also served as the U.S. Representative to the NATO Science Committee for 16 years. He was the President of EED, Inc., a company that advises industry, government, and universities on technology, research, and innovation management.

Dr. David was a member of the American Philosophical Society, the National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Public Administration, the National Academy of Sciences, and a trustee of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. He was a life member of the Corporation of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Life Fellow of the IEEE. He received numerous awards, including the Arthur M. Bueche Award from the National Academy of Engineering and the MIT Silver Stein Award.


30 Cubic Feet (30 record cartons)

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Preliminary Inventory to the Papers of Edward E. David, Jr.
Preliminary Inventory
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Revision Statements

  • 2021 November 1: Edited by Lana Mason for compliance with DACS single-level optimum requirements.

Repository Details

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