Malcolm H. Wiener

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Malcolm H. Wiener (born 3 July 1935) is an Aegean prehistorian, retired principal in an investment management firm, and philanthropist. He is a natural-born American citizen, born in Tsingtao, China. He is married to Carolyn Talbot Seely Wiener, with whom he has four children.

Education and military service[edit]

Wiener was awarded a Naval ROTC four-year scholarship for study at Harvard "on the basis of financial need, and high academic personal promise in class and extracurricular activities".[1] While at Harvard, he was president of the university Chess Club.[2] He graduated from Harvard College and Harvard Law School. Afterward, he served as an Ensign/Lt. in the U.S. Navy (1957-1960).


Wiener was the founder and chairman of the Millburn Corporation, Millburn Ridgefield Corporation, CommInVest (1977-1997) and ShareInVest (1982-1997). In 1982, he founded the Institute for Aegean Prehistory (INSTAP), and, in 1984, the Malcolm Hewitt Wiener Foundation (both are registered non-profit organizations). Additionally, he is a Trustee of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens.

Wiener is the author of numerous works on Aegean prehistory. Many of those works have focused on chronology.

Wiener has published several works on economic policy. The Center for Social Policy of the Kennedy School of Government, at Harvard, is named in his honor, and its construction was funded by him.

Wiener is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. There, he has been active in promoting the consideration of non-lethal military technologies; in particular, he chaired and authored the report of a CFR Independent Task Force on the subject. He also endowed the CFR Annual Lecture on Science and Technology.[3]

Awards and recognition[edit]

Wiener has received seven honorary doctorates: Litt.D., University of Sheffield, 1997; Ph.D., Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen, 1998; D., University of Athens, 1998; Dr. of Humane Letters, University of Cincinnati, 2007; D.Sc., University College London, 2009; D. Archaeology, Dickinson College, 2013; D.Sc., University of Arizona, 2014.[4]

Wiener is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Archaeological Institute of America, the Austrian Academy of Sciences, the Austrian Archaeological Institute, the German Archaeological Institute, the Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities, and the Society of Antiquaries of London, and he is a Chevalier in the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres of France. He also received the Ring of Honour of the Academy of Sciences and Literature in Mainz, Germany.[5] Additionally, he received the Bandelier Award for Public Service to Archaeology, from the Archaeological Institute of America.[6][7] And in 2014, the Greek government bestowed upon him the Gold Cross of the Order of the Phoenix.[8]


  1. ^ "Thirteen win scholarships at Harvard", Washington Post, 17 May 1953.
  2. ^ "Collegiate Chess Championship Meet", The Harvard Crimson, 16 January 1956.
  3. ^ The Malcolm and Carolyn Wiener Annual Lecture on Science and Technology, Council on Foreign Relations.
  4. ^ "Leaders in Arts, Business and Public Service to Receive Honorary Degrees", UANews, 14 May 2014.   University of Arizona Commencement Spring 2014.
  5. ^ Ring of Honor award to Malcolm Wiener, Academy of Sciences and Literature, Mainz.
  6. ^ "The Bandelier Award for Service to Archaeology", Archaeological Institute of America, 2013.
  7. ^ Dispatches from the AIA.
  8. ^ "Malcolm H. Wiener honored by President Papoulias with the Gold Cross of the Order of the Phoenix" - American School of Classical Studies at Athens.


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