In memoriam of William Salmon

In memoriam of William Salmon

WFEO presents its deepest regrets on the passing away of William “Bill” Salmon.

Bill Salmon passed away on July 27, 2017, in Williamsburg, Virginia, at age 81.

Bill was born in New York City on September 3, 1935. He lived most of his early years in Hingham, Massachusetts where he attended Hingham High School and then Thayer Academy. Bill went to MIT for college where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering in 1957 and a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering in 1958.

Bill had extensive experience in engineering and science policy through his career with the U.S. National Academy of Engineering and the Department of State.

His professional activities included:

  • having negotiated and managed bilateral science cooperation agreements between the US and over 20 other countries;
  • created the Office of Environmental Affairs;
  • US negotiator on several international treaties, including the International Ocean Dumping Convention, US-France-UK Stratosphere Research Agreement, Law of the Sea Convention;
  • extensive involvement on behalf of the US in the science and engineering programs of UNESCO, IAEA, OECD;
  • contributed significantly to the organization of the 1972 UN Conference on the Environment (Stockholm Conference) and the initial formation of UNEP;
  • created Office of International Communications Policy, and
  • opened communications satellites to US private sector.

He was an active supporter of our USA member the American Association of Engineering Societies (AAES) since 1986 and was an active proponent of global engineering associations, including the International Council of Academies of Engineering and Technological Sciences (CAETS), the Pan American Association of Engineering Societies (UPADI) and WFEO.

He was the representative of the USA National Member in the WFEO Executive Council during the period 2007-2011,and chair of several Task Groups. In 2011, he earned the WFEO Medal of Engineering Excellence.




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