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Richard G. Hewlett


Richard Hewlett

1923 – 2015

Richard G. Hewlett was already a widely recognized and respected historian in the history of science and technology before he co-founded History Associates.

He began his career as an intelligence specialist in the Division of Finance at the U.S. Air Force headquarters in Washington, D.C.  He transferred to the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) in 1952, where he established the historical office and archives. He served as chief historian of that agency and its successors until leaving government in 1980. During his time at the AEC, he co-authored three volumes of the AEC history:  The New World, 1939-1946, Atomic Shield, 1947-1952, and Atoms for Peace and War, 1953-1961. He also coauthored Nuclear Navy, 1939-1962, a history of Admiral Rickover and the U.S. nuclear fleet.

He received the David D. Lloyd Prize from the Harry S Truman Library Foundation, the Distinguished Service Award from the Atomic Energy Commission, the Richard W. Leopold Prize from the Organization of American Historians, and the Henry Adams Prize and Franklin D. Roosevelt Award from the Society for History in the Federal Government.

After retiring from government, he co-founded and was chairman of History Associates, where he guided numerous projects and helped mentor younger colleagues. At History Associates he also published Jessie Ball duPont, a biography of the prominent southern philanthropist.

He attended Dartmouth and Bowdoin Colleges and, after serving with the U.S. Army Air Corps in China during World War II, received his MA and Ph.D. in modern history from the University of Chicago. He died in 2015 at the age of 92.

At History Associates, we recognize colleagues who have done exemplary work with a monthly “Hewlett Award,” given in his honor.

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History Associates
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Rockville, MD, 20850
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