Brief Biography of Adolf Grünbaum
Adolf Grünbaum's writings deal with the philosophy of physics, the theory of scientific rationality, the philosophy of psychiatry, and the critique of religious belief. His twelve books include Philosophical Problems of Space and Time (second edition, 1968), and The Foundations of Psychoanalysis: A Philosophical Critique (1984). Most recently (1993), he published Validation in the Clinical Theory of Psychoanalysis, A Study in the Philosophy of Psychoanalysis. He has contributed over 335 articles to anthologies, and to philosophical and scientific periodicals.
His offices include the presidency of the American Philosophical Association (Eastern Division), and of the Philosophy of Science Association (two terms). He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, a member of the Academie Internationale de Philosophie des Sciences, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a Laureate of the international Academy of Humanism. In 1985, he delivered the Gifford lectures in Scotland, as well as the Werner Heisenberg Lecture to the Bavarian Academy of Sciences in Munich.
He is the recipient of a 1985 "Senior U.S. Scientist" Humboldt Prize, and of Italy's 1989 "Fregene Prize" for science (Rome, Italy). All four prior recipients of this Prize, which is awarded by the Italian Parliament, were Nobel laureates in one of the natural sciences. In 1989, he received the first-ever "Master Scholar and Professor Award" from the President of the University of Pittsburgh. In May 1990, Yale University awarded him the Wilbur Lucius Cross Medal for outstanding achievement. And in May 1995, he received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Konstanz in Germany. Furthermore, in May 1998, the venerable University of Parma in Italy awarded him its Silver Medal in recognition of his "prestigious career."
In 1983, a Festschrift for him, edited by R. S. Cohen and L. Laudan, appeared under the title Physics, Philosophy and Psychoanalysis. It was reprinted in 1992. Another Festschrift, Philosophical Problems of the Internal and External Worlds: Essays on the Philosophy of Adolf Grünbaum, edited by J. Earman, A. Janis, G. Massey, and N. Rescher, containing the proceedings of the October, 1990 international Colloquium in Honor of Adolf Grünbaum, was published in 1993.
In 1992, Mr. Harvey Wagner, Chief Executive Officer of the Teknekron Corporation, and his wife Leslie Wagner, honored Professor Grünbaum for his role as the undergraduate teacher of Mr. Wagner, by a gift of $1,000,000 to the Center for Philosophy of Science at the University of Pittsburgh.
A more complete biographical account can be found under the "Grunbaum" entry in Who's Who in the World, 11th edition 1994, or in the 54th edition of Who's Who in America.