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Paul Hanle

Paul Hanle


Dr. Paul A. Hanle was elected President and CEO of Climate Central in April 2011.

From 2000 to 2011, he was president of the Biotechnology Institute, an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to biotechnology education. As its first president, Dr. Hanle built the Institute over a decade into the leading national organization in its field.

Earlier, Dr. Hanle was chief executive officer of two scientific institutions. He was executive director of the Maryland Science Center, Baltimore’s hands-on science museum, from 1987 until 1996.  He then became president of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, the nation's oldest museum of natural history and a leading center of environmental research. At the Science Center and the Academy, Dr. Hanle launched new educational initiatives including major national exhibits on women's health, mathematics, a volunteer-based environmental education program in aquatic ecology, and two IMAX films.

Dr. Hanle served on educational advisory boards for President Obama’s initiative “Educate to Innovate” and the Steering Committee of the Business and Industry STEM Education Coalition in 2010 - 2011.  Earlier he served on boards of the State of Maryland's Systemic Initiative and Morgan State University's Minorities in Science Program. He also served on Pennsylvania's 21st Century Environment Commission and helped educate Members of Congress to support federal education projects to increase understanding of science and environmental conservation.

From 1974 to 1987, Dr. Hanle served with the National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution, where he was a curator, chair of the space department, and associate director for research. At the Smithsonian he launched the popular Air and Space/Smithsonian magazine, led a major research project on the Hubble Space Telescope with Johns Hopkins University and NASA, and published numerous articles, books and research reports on history of science and technology.

Dr. Hanle earned a Ph.D. in the History of Science and Medicine and an M.S. in Physics from Yale University. He received his A.B. in Physics from Princeton University in 1969. He was a Member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton during the academic year 1983-84.