Actor, Author, Director
Alan Alda, a six-time Emmy Award–winner, played Hawkeye Pierce on the classic television series, M*A*S*H, and appeared in continuing roles on ER, The West Wing, and 30 Rock. He has 33 Emmy nominations as actor, writer, and director, and is a Television Hall of Fame inductee. He has starred in, as well as written and directed, many films, and was nominated for an Academy Award for his role in the Aviator. He has appeared often on the Broadway stage, where he received three Tony nominations.
His long-time interest in science and in promoting a greater public understanding of science led to his hosting the award-winning PBS series Scientific American Frontiers for eleven years, on which he interviewed hundreds of scientists from around the world. In 2010, he hosted a science series on PBS called The Human Spark. On Broadway, he appeared as the physicist Richard Feynman in the play QED. In 2002, he had the honor of giving the commencement talk at Caltech, where Feynman himself had delivered the commencement address 28 years earlier. In 2006, for his efforts in helping to broaden the public’s understanding of science, he was presented with the National Science Board’s Public Service Award. He is a Visiting Professor at Stony Brook University’s Center for Communicating Science, where he is helping develop innovative programs that enable scientists to communicate more effectively with the public.