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Marc H. Brodsky

Marc BrodskyMarc H. Brodsky served as the Executive Director and CEO of the American Institute of Physics (AIP) from 1993 to 2007. On his retirement, the Marc H. Brodsky Fund for Oral History of Physicists in Industry was established to capture the behind-the-scenes stories of important industrial physicists and their discoveries.

During his tenure, Brodsky oversaw dramatic changes in AIP publishing and publishing services, as nearly all editorial, production, distribution and business processes were changed to deal with electronic publishing. All the journals and magazines AIP publishes for itself and others went onto the World Wide Web, increasing access to the physics literature to more people than ever before in history. AIP outreach programs and services expanded its informational offerings for the general public to the Web and many other media outlets, including regular science news segments to over 65 million nightly viewers of local TV news programs.

Brodsky also worked to increase AIP Member Society participation is programs of common interest. Examples include free Member Society student memberships for Society of Physics Students undergraduates, funding of the Physics Olympiad U.S. Team, and coordination of many media and government relations activities. He also actively defended AIP's freedom of the press rights on many fronts, including attempted government restrictions on the processing of manuscripts from certain countries and suits from some who tried to restrict knowledge from comparisons of journal prices.

Brodsky is a physicist and electronics engineer. Prior to his AIP position, he was at the IBM T. J. Watson Research Center for 25 years as a researcher (in semiconductor physics and devices), inventor, manager and executive. He received his bachelor, masters and doctorate degrees in physics from the University of Pennsylvania. He has been an adjunct or visiting faculty or researcher at Columbia University, University of Paris, Dundee University, and the Max Planck Institute (Stuttgart).

He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the IEEE. He has published over 90 technical papers, 30 invention disclosures, edited a book on amorphous semiconductors, and co-edited another. He holds seven U.S. Patents in semiconductor technology and consumer electronics.

During 1991-92, under the auspices of the IEEE, the Sloan Foundation and IBM, Brodsky was an Executive Fellow with the Under Secretary for Technology at the U.S. Department of Commerce. While there he studied issues related to competitiveness in high technology industries requiring large capital investments and cost-efficient, volume manufacturing.

Brodsky has provided active leadership in professional and scholarly publishing (PSP) activities, including Chair of the Executive Council of the PSP Division of the American Association of Publishers. He was also on the Board and Executive Committee of CrossRef, the online reference linking service, and the Board of the International Association of Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishers.

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