Dr. Thomas F. Malone
Dr. Thomas F. Malone


I believe we are at a historical choice point in determining the kind of world our children's children will inherit. If we make these choices based only on the models of our industrial-age past, we will almost certainly miss the true opportunities before us.

An environmentally sustainable, economically equitable, and socially stable and secure society in which all of the basic needs and an equitable share human "wants" can be met by successive generations while maintaining a healthy, physically attractive and biologically productive environment.

Dr. Tom Malone is University Distinguished Scholar Emeritus at North Carolina State. A member of the National Academy of Sciences, he was elected Foreign Secretary in 1978.  He also chaired the Academy’s Geophysics Research Board and its Board on Atmospheric Physics and Climate.

He left a tenured faculty appointment at MIT in 1955 to join The Travelers Insurance Companies where he went on to become Senior Vice President and Director of Research. While on leave from MIT between 1949 and 1951, Malone edited the 1300 page Compendium of Meteorology that set the stage for meteorological research in the second half of the 20th   century.  He returned to academia in 1970 as Professor of Physics and Dean of the Graduate School at the University of Connecticut.  A past national president of Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society, he was named Founding Director of the Sigma Xi Center in North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park in 1992. He has also served as national president of the American Meteorological Society and the American Geophysical Union.

Tom was Secretary General of the Committee on Atmospheric Sciences of the International Council of Scientific Unions (ICSU) that, in a series of reports from 1965 to1967, proposed the Global Atmospheric Research Program (GARP).  He was a co-convener of ICSU’s 1984 conference in Ottawa that led to  the International Geosphere Biosphere Program (IGBP).  Founding Secretary General of  ICSU’s Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment, he has been a Vice President of ICSU and was its Treasurer from 1978 to 1984.  He chaired the U. S. National Commission for UNECO from 1965 to 1967. He was awarded the International Meteorological Organization Prize in 1984 for “scientific eminence and a record of work done in the field of international meteorological organizations.” His international work has also been recognized by an international award from the AAAS in 1994 and by an international jury of twelve scientists from eight countries that selected him for the 1991 St. Francis of Assisi Prize for the Environment.

Among his publications are: “Towards a Knowledge Society in the Americas.” INTERCIENCIA, Vol. 25, No. 2 (2000);  “A New Agenda for Science and Technology for the Twenty-First Century.” Proceedings of KOSEF’S 20TH Anniversary Symposium on Issues of Science and Technology in the 21st Century, June 2-6. Seoul: The Korea Science and Engineering Foundation.; “Reflections on the Human Prospect” in Socolow RH. (ed.) (1994); Annual Review of Energy and the Environment. Palo Alto: Annual Reviews;. “Global change, science and the human prospect” in Science and Public Affairs, Vol. 6, Part 2. (1991); London: The Royal Society.  Malone TF and Yohe GW. 2002 “Knowledge Partnership for a Sustainable, Equitable, and Stable Society.” Journal of Knowledge Management (2002).