PAUL F. UHLIR, J.D., is Director of the Office of International Scientific and Technical Information Programs at the U.S. National Academies in Washington, DC. He also directs the U.S. National Committee for CODATA. Paul's area of emphasis is on issues at the interface of science, technology, and law, with primary focus on digital information policy and management.
Prior to 1999, Paul was the Associate Executive Director of the Commission on Physical Sciences, Mathematics, and Applications at the National Academies, and from 1985 to 1991 he was senior staff officer at the Academies' Space Studies Board, where he directed projects on solar system exploration and environmental remote sensing programs for NASA.
Before joining the National Academies, he was a foreign affairs officer at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, where he worked on remote sensing law and policy and on intergovernmental agreements for cooperation in meteorological satellite programs. Paul has pub lished over 20 Academy reports, and written more than 50 articles.
He has been involved in numerous consulting and pro bono activities, and speaks worldwide on a broad range of information policy and management issues. In 1997 he received the National Research Council's Special Achievement award for his work in this area. He holds a B.A in history from the University of Oregon, and a J.D. and M.A. in international relations from the University of San Diego. Additional information about Paul's work at the National Academies may be found at: http://www7.nationalacademies.org/biso/ISTIP.html.