Dennis Flanagan

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Dennis Flanagan (July 22, 1919 in New York City – January 14, 2005 in New York City) was the founding editor of the modern Scientific American magazine. In 1947, Flanagan, Donald H. Miller, Jr. and Gerard Piel, under the leadership of Piel, acquired and reorganized the then 102-year-old Scientific American.

Flanagan was the editor of Scientific American for more than 37 years starting in 1947. He was first married to author Geraldine Lux Flanagan, with whom he had two children, Cara Louise Flanagan and John Gerard Flanagan; then to author Ellen Raskin, and subsequently to editor Barbara Williams Flanagan.[1]


  1. ^ Santora, Marc (January 17, 2005). "Dennis Flanagan, 85, Editor of Scientific American for 37 Years, Dies". New York Times. Retrieved 2008-04-01. Dennis Flanagan, who as editor of Scientific American magazine helped foster science writing for the general reader, died at his home in Manhattan on Friday. He was 85. The cause of death was prostate cancer, according to his wife, Barbara Williams Flanagan. Mr. Flanagan, who worked at Scientific American for more than three decades beginning in 1947, teamed editors directly with working scientists, publishing pieces by leading figures like Albert Einstein, Linus Pauling and J. Robert Oppenheimer.