Dr. Neal Lane, besides his faculty appointment at Rice Uiversity, also holds appointments as a Senior Fellow of the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, where he is engaged in matters of science and Technology policy, and in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. Born in Oklahoma City in 1938, Dr. Lane earned his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in physics from OU under the direction of Prof. Chun Lin.
Prior to assuming his current position at Rice University, Dr. Lane served as Assistant to the President for Science and Technology and Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and as Director of the National Science Foundation (NSF) and member (ex officio) of the National Science Board. Before becoming the NSF Director, Dr. Lane was Provost and Professor of Physics at Rice University in Houston, Texas. He first came to Rice in 1966, when he joined the Department of Physics as an assistant professor. In 1972, he became Professor of Physics and Space Physics and Astronomy. Dr. Lane left Rice from mid-1984 to 1986 to serve as Chancellor of the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. In addition, from 1979 to 1980, while on leave from Rice, he worked at the NSF as Director of the Division of Physics.
Widely regarded as a distinguished scientist and educator, Dr. Lane's many writings and presentations include topics in theoretical atomic and molecular physics and science and technology policy. He also holds the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the OU College of Arts and Sciences.