Eric Marshall

Director, Prizes and Special Programs

Eric Marshall is Director of Prizes and Special Programs at The Kavli Foundation, a non-profit philanthropic organization dedicated to advancing science for the benefit of humanity, promoting public understanding of scientific research and supporting scientists and their work.

Eric joined the foundation in 2016 to build the foundation’s strategic efforts in public engagement, communications, and prizes. He developed the strategic plan and recruited expert staff, quadrupling the size of the effort, resulting in the foundation being widely acknowledged as a leader in these fields. These efforts launched new networks to support public engagement professionals, including science engagement network leaders, science communication trainers, funders, and scientific professional societies. Eric has now turned his attention to continuing to increase the impact of The Kavli Prize and to the creation of new global prizes and special programs.

Eric is a physicist and educator who has a long track record of creating strategic partnerships and systemic transformation in science and society. He received his Ph.D. in applied physics from UC San Diego and began his career in nanoscience, exploring novel and useful electronic materials as a research staff member at IBM. While there, his public engagement activities were recognized on the cover of Physics Today and with IBM’s support for his creation of an education research group. Beginning at IBM, he then went on to dedicate his career to supporting public engagement with science at a broad array of organizations. At IBM, he launched the IBM CEO’s international Reinventing Education initiative. Eric then moved into leadership positions in the field of informal science education. He helped create the new California Science Center as Curator of the Creative World. Subsequently, he created a global partnership initiative and website (in nine languages) to bring the best experiences from science museums to millions around the world. Serving as Vice President of Strategic Partnerships and Innovation at the New York Hall of Science, these efforts included the development of strategic partnerships and online support for engaging parents, teachers and students with scientists and engineers. For a brief time before joining The Kavli Foundation, Eric returned to IBM as a scientist, where he investigated solar energy materials, was responsible for development of 14nm semiconductor chip processes driving today’s fastest supercomputers, and launched the IBM Watson Client Executive Center. Eric has published and presented over 100 book chapters, papers, patents, and presentations which are still garnering active citation (h-index of 17).

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