Alan Alda: Reigniting The Public's Love of Science

Thursday, August 08, 2013

Alan Alda in the WNYC studios

Alan Alda became a household name playing a doctor on TV, but it's his real-life love of science that might be his biggest legacy.

The seven-time Emmy-winning actor who starred on “M.A.S.H.” for over a decade, and in a number of other popular movies, plays, and TV shows since (including “The West Wing” and “The Aviator”), has been something of a glamorous scientific spokesperson for two decades.

Alda has hosted 11 seasons of the PBS series “Scientific American Frontiers,” he's moderated the World Science Festival in New York, and founded the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University.

Yesterday, Alda received the lifetime achievement award at “The Executive Summit: Learning in the Digital Age,” an event sponsored by Scientific American and Macmillan Science & Education.

Alda discusses the award, and why he thinks science is crucial to our advancement as a society and enrichment as human beings.


Alan Alda

Produced by:

Kristen Meinzer


T.J. Raphael

Comments [4]

Susan from California

MASH took place during the Korean War, not the war in Vietnam.

Aug. 08 2013 03:29 PM
Sonya Jaworski from St Paul, MN

Jane Goodall, because she changed how we see ourselves as Homo Sapiens.

Aug. 08 2013 02:32 PM
andrew turgeonst

Nikola Tesla. Get him to hide his notes to be safe from the gov collection upon his death.

Aug. 08 2013 11:10 AM
Dan Parietti from New York City

My favorite scientist is one whom Mr. Alda portrayed in a drama: Richard Feynman, the renowned theoretical physicist.

Aug. 08 2013 09:30 AM

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