“I use ‘disruptive’ in both its good and bad connotations. Disruptive scientific and technological progress is not to me inherently good or inherently evil. But its arc is for us to shape. Technology’s progress is furthermore in my judgment unstoppable. But it is quite incorrect that it unfolds inexorably according to its own internal logic and the laws of nature.”
Malcolm H. Wiener is an Aegean prehistorian who has written extensively on the Eastern Mediterranean world in the Bronze Age. His topics include the emergence, florescence and collapse of the first complex societies of the western world in Minoan Crete and Mycenaean Greece, their relationship to the civilizations of the Near East and Egypt, the chronology of the ancient world, warfare in the ancient world and the acquisition of bronze, and the interaction of climate change, mass migrations, pandemics, warfare and human agency in the collapse of civilizations. His awards include the honorary doctorates of the Universities of Sheffield, Tübingen, Athens, Cincinnati, University College London, Dickinson College and the University of Arizona, the Gold Cross of the Order of Honor (Greece) and the Ring of Honour of the German Academy in Mainz. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Society of Antiquaries in London, a Corresponding Member of the Royal Swedish Academy, the Austrian Archaeological Institute, the Austrian Academy of Science, the Deutsches Archäologisches Institut, and the Academy of Athens, and holds the rank of Chevalier in the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres of France. He is a recipient of the Archaeological Institute of America Bandelier Award for Public Service to Archaeology and the Athens Prize of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens.
Mr. Wiener is a Trustee Emeritus of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Trustees of the American School of Classical Studies in Athens. The Center for Social Policy of the KSG is named in his honor.
Mr. Wiener chaired the independent task force of the CFR on "Non-lethal Technologies: Military Implications and Options" and wrote its report.
Mr. Wiener was born in Tsingtao, China, is a graduate of Harvard College, magna cum laude in Economics, and the Harvard Law School, served in the Navy, practiced as an attorney, and was the founder and CEO of related investment firms between 1971 and 1987.Last Updated: Mar 15, 2018, 10:57am