Miscellaneous Information, Awards, Conferences, Etc

Over the years Dr. Calhoun presented papers at numerous conferences around the world.  His insight was sought by a variety of organizations, from the sugar cane growers in Hawaii to the Corrections Department in the District of Columbia.  Below are some of these instances.

1962 Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University He was invited to join the Center for the 1962-1963 year. 

  • Center for Advanced Study of Behavioral Sciences website CASBS
  • List of those attending 1962-1963 CASBS_class_of_1963[1]
  • He wrote two proposals while at CASBS.  See Induced Mass Movements of Small Mammals and The Study of Velocity on the page for Papers.
  • Given to each attendee:    


1968 December AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science) annual meeting. This meeting was in Dallas, TX.  Dr. Calhoun was one of the key speakers at this conference.  One evening Robert Ardrey, the author of African Genesis, joined us for dinner. 

1971, April 1 Congressional Record His work was cited in the Congressional Record during a discussion of population growth .

1972 Nobel Prize nomination

His name was put forth to be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

A card John Calhoun wrote regarding this nomination Nobel Prize 

1972 NASA Forum

Letter and agenda: NASA Speculative Technology Forum

My mother told two stories about this conference. 

One was that she walked into a conference room to find Jack (Dr. Calhoun) and Arthur C Clarke standing on their heads.

The second story was about the flight home.  I gather it was a smaller plane and they hit turbulence.  She commented that several of the scientists and space people were afraid of the turbulence, which she seemed to find ironic.

A few of the attendees, per Stuart Umpleby:

  • Arthur C Clarke – science fiction author
  • Fred Pohl – science fiction author
  • Russell Targ – The Reality of ESP
  • Edgar Mitchell – Apollo astronaut
  • Werner von Braun – physicist
  • James Fletcher – Chief Administrator of NASA
  • George Pezdirtz – a NASA administrator for special projects
  • Robert L Forward
  • Marvin Minsky – MIT, robotics
  • Stuart A. Umpleby – Professor Department of Management Science, George Washington University 

1972 Calhoun’s insight was sought by the District of Columbia Jails regarding the housing of inmates. The date of the first paper is 1972 and is listed as “Part B”.  Of the other three papers the only one in his file was “Part D”. 

1973, Rome: Special World Conference on Futures Research It was while he was attending this conference that Dr. Calhoun met Pope Paul VI.  High-res


A document on the work of the groups at the Rome Special World Conference on Futures Research, 1973 – 79pgs

1973 Roberto Rossellini – consultant on film The World Population (A Question of People) (1974) Two hour documentary for UNESCO.

Excerpt from this book:

The World Population.  1974.  Documentary on the population explosion, produced by UNESCO for the United Nations.  Approximately 120 minutes.  [note: According to Aprà’s filmography in Roberto Rossellini: Le Cinéma révélé, the film was shown during a congress on world population held in Bucharest in 1974 and subsequently distributed by the United Nations throughout the world.]


At a later date, John Calhoun’s niece Deborah recalls being at the Cheshire Dr house with her parents, Gene & Joyce Gressley, and Dad calling to say he was bringing Roberto Rossellini home for dinner.  Apparently Edith Calhoun made an artichoke dish, which became a family favorite, for the first time that night. 

1982 January AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science) annual meeting. Dr. Calhoun presented a paper.

2 thoughts on “Miscellaneous Information, Awards, Conferences, Etc

  1. lpmureithihotmailcom May 16, 2022 — 3:54 am

    This is a collection worthy support by all due to its historical punch.


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