David Hawkins (philosopher)

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This article is about David Hawkins (philosopher). For other people with the same name, see David Hawkins (disambiguation).

David Hawkins (February 28, 1913 – February 24, 2002) was a professor whose interests included the philosophy of science, mathematics, economics, childhood science education, and ethics.[1][2] He also served as the official historian of the Manhattan Project.

He was born in El Paso, Texas, the son of William Ashton Hawkins and Clara Gardiner Hawkins. He grew up in El Paso and in La Luz, New Mexico.

He received a B.A. in 1934 and an M.A. in 1936 from Stanford University. He was awarded a Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley in 1940. Together with Herbert A. Simon, Hawkins discovered and proved the Hawkins–Simon theorem on the “conditions for the existence of positive solution vectors for input-output matrices."[3]

He was a founding member of the Federation of American Scientists.[4]

In 1970 Hawkins and his wife, Francis née Pockman, a leader in early childhood education, founded the CU campus-based Mountain View Center for Environmental Education.

In 1981 he received a $300,000 "genius grant" from the MacArthur Foundation.

Selected works[edit]

  • The Language of Nature: An Essay on the Philosophy of Science. 1964. 
  • The Informed Vision, Essays on Learning and Human Nature. 1974. 
  • The Roots of Literacy. 2000. 
  • Hundreds of scientific papers. Indexed at RMOA[4]


  1. ^ University of Colorado press release, Obituary of David Hawkins. https://www.cu.edu/sg/messages/373.html
  2. ^ "Obituary of David Hawkins". New York Times. March 4, 2002. 
  3. ^ ———; Simon, Herbert A. (1949). "Some Conditions of Macroeconomic Stability". Econometrica. 17 (3/4): 245–248. JSTOR 1905526. 
  4. ^ a b Rocky Mountain Online Archive, David Hawkins Papers http://rmoa.unm.edu/docviewer.php?docId=cou2hawkins.xml

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