Frank Press was a science advisor to President Jimmy Carter from 1977 to 1981. In 1981, he was elected president of the National Academy of Sciences. Educated under oceanographer Maurice Ewing at Columbia University, Press received his doctorate in 1949 and subsequently taught at the California Institute of Technology and MIT. His expertise in the use of seismic techniques to detect nuclear explosions was important in the negotiation of the first Strategic Arms Limitation Treaties.
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