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Science Talent Search 1953

Every year for over seven decades, forty finalists have been chosen to attend and compete in the Science Talent Institute week in Washington, DC. This page is a tribute to the memories and alumni of the Science Talent Search of 1953.

Top Winner
Edward Phillips
2nd Place
Paul Monsky
3rd Place
Martin Tangora

Remaining Top Ten in alphabetical order:
Virgil Barnes II
Alan Moffet
David Mumford
Arthur Pearlmutter
Joanna Russ
John Willis
Jack Wolfe

Gala Speaker
Dr. Leonard Carmichael


1953 Alumni Updates

Fields Medal Recipient David Mumford's STS Project "Sparked" an Interest in Theoretical Math

We welcome and encourage updates on alumni from the Science Talent Search in 1953; please contact us with information.

1953 Finalists


VirgilBarnes, IIAustinTX
PaulBraytonLos AngelesCA
MerleBushNorfolkVA
HarryCassidyPainted PostNY
EtsuyoChoiNew YorkNY
DennisClarkLos AngelesCA
RichardClaytorTulsaOK
EmmaDuchaneNew YorkNY
ThayerFrenchSewickleyPA
MichaelGrantOshkoshWI
KarenGreenPhoenixAZ
CharlesGrossBrooklynNY
KennethHarteScarsdaleNY
DavidIslesCranfordNJ
MaryKirtleyMansfieldOH
JamesLarsonKansas CityMO
JonathanLubinStaten IslandNY
EdwardMenhinickDunwoodyGA
AlanMoffetRochesterMN
PaulMonskyBrooklynNY
DavidMumfordExeterNH
BarbaraOffenhartzBloomingtonIN
ArthurPearlmutterForest HillsNY
EdwardPhillipsLincolnMA
DominickPironeMount VernonNY
MerlePollerBrooklynNY
HowardResnikoffBrooklynNY
JohnReynoldsGlen EllynIL
RobertRubinsteinBrooklynNY
JoannaRussNew YorkNY
LaurenceSchmoyerAllentownPA
RobertShoreBrooklynNY
DavidSosinHighland ParkNJ
NormanStraxGreat NeckNY
DavidSwarnerValparaisoIN
MartinTangoraEvanstonIL
JohnWillisPasadenaCA
JohnWinterVermillionSD
JackWolfePortlandOR
NancyWrightAtlantaGA

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