Harvey Brooks (1915 - 2004) was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and attended Yale University, receiving a bachelor’s degree in mathematics in 1937. He completed a Ph.D. degree in physics at Harvard University in 1940 under the direction of J.H. van Vleck. In 1946 he joined the staff at General Electric, serving as associate head of the Knolls Atomic Power Lab. He returned to Harvard in 1950, and from 1957 to 1975 served as Dean of the Division of Engineering and Applied Physics. In addition to his research on solid state physics, nuclear engineering, and underwater acoustics, Dr. Brooks devoting his energy to the link between science and public policy. More complete information regarding his career may be found in the proceedings of the American Philosophical Society from December 2010.