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List of NSF Deputy Directors, 1950 - present

NSF Deputy Directors, Terms and Fields of Science

Deputy Director
Term
Field of Science
Dr. C. E. SunderlinMay, 1951 -
May, 1957
Organic Chemistry
vacancy in position of Deputy Director from FY 1957 through FY 1962
Dr. John T. WilsonJuly, 1963 -
July, 1968
Psychology
Dr. John T. Wilson
Executive Associate Director*
July, 1968 -
August, 1968
Psychology
Dr. Louis Levin+
Executive Associate Director*
August, 1968 -
October, 1970
Biochemistry
Dr. Raymond L. BisplinghoffOctober, 1970 -
September, 1974
Aeronautical Engineering
Dr. Lowell J. Paige
   (Acting)
September, 1974-
June, 1975
Mathematics
Dr. Richard C. AtkinsonJune, 1975 -
May, 1977
Psychology
Dr. Edward C. Creutz
   (Acting)
August, 1976 -
September, 1977
Physics
Dr. George C. PimentelSeptember, 1977 -
June, 1980
Chemistry
Dr. Donald N. LangenbergJuly, 1980 -
December, 1982
Physics
Dr. Richard S. Nicholson
   (Acting)
January, 1983 -
May, 1985
Chemistry
Dr. John H. MooreJune, 1985 -
December, 1989
Economics
Dr. John White
   (Acting)
September, 1990 -
March, 1991
Industrial Engineering
Dr. Frederick M. BernthalMarch, 1990 -
April, 1993
Nuclear Chemistry/ 
   Physics
Dr. Mary E. Clutter
   (Acting)
April, 1993 -
October, 1993
Biology
Dr. Frederick M. Bernthal October, 1993 -
June, 1994
Nuclear Chemistry/ 
   Physics
Dr. Mary E. Clutter
   (Acting)
June, 1994 -
July, 1994
Biology
Dr. Anne C. PetersenJuly, 1994 -
September, 1996
Behavioral Science
Dr. Joseph Bordogna
   (Acting)
September, 1996
to June, 1999
Engineering
Dr. Joseph Bordogna June, 1999
to June, 2005
Engineering
Dr. Kathie L. Olsen August 2005
to January 2009
Biology (neuroscience)
Dr. Cora B. Marrett
   (Acting)
January 2009 to January 2011 Sociology

Dr. Cora B. Marrett

May 2011 to August 2014 Sociology

*P.L. 90-407 amended the NSF Act to permit NSF to have a deputy director and four assistant directors appointed by the President. Until these appointments were made, the duties of the deputy director were discharged by an executive associate director.

+By presidential order, Dr. Louis Levin also served as Acting Director from July 1,1969 to July 14, 1969 (until Dr. William McElroy's swearing-in on July 14, 1969).

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