Enloe and Cowan Share Unique History


Bill Enloe, left, with Dr. George Cowan at the Santa Fe Institute in December. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Santa Fe Institute founder Dr. George A. Cowan and SFI board member Bill Enloe discussed their unique history in an interview on the Behind the White Coat science program in December.

Cowan is a founding director of Los Alamos National Bank and was its chairman for 30 years. Enloe has spent his professional career with LANB and serves as chairman and chief executive officer.

Cowan is a research scientist, academician, businessman and philanthropist. He is a Lifetime Trustee Emeritus and Distinguished Fellow of the Santa Fe Institute, which he founded in 1984 and served as president to 1991.

SFI is a private institution that fosters interdisciplinary research among scientists from the physical, biological, computational and social sciences. From 1949 to 1988, Cowan worked at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, serving as director of chemistry, associate laboratory director of research and senior laboratory fellow. He was appointed to the White House Science Council during the Reagan administration.

In 1990, Cowan received the Enrico Fermi Award for “a lifetime of exceptional achievement in the development and use of energy.”

In 1997, Cowan was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2001, Carnegie-Mellon University awarded Cowan an honorary doctorate of science and technology, recognizing his tireless work on behalf of scientific research, ranging from the fields of nuclear chemistry to the study of the physiology of the human brain.

Cowan and Enloe have known each other for more than 40 years. Enloe first went to work at LANB in 1971 as a loan officer. He became the bank’s cashier in 1973, vice president in 1975 and president, chief executive officer in 1978 and chairman and chief executive officer 1994.

Since 1979, Enloe has served as president and chief executive officer of Trinity Capital Corporation, of which LANB is a subsidiary.

In addition to his work on the SFI board, Enloe participates on many other boards and organizations that serve the communities in which LANB operates. He is a member of the boards of directors of the Delle Foundation, Los Alamos Technical Associates, Inc. and is a managing member of KKSE, LLC.

Enloe chairs the Los Alamos Economic Development Land Use Committee and is a member on the board of the LANS Venture Acceleration Fund Review Panel and the Los Alamos Economic Development Corporation. He also served as a director for the Federal Reserve Board in Denver from 2008 to January 2010.

The Dec. 12, 2011 interview on Behind the White Coat with Enloe and Cowan is broadcast on PAC 8. Visit www.pac8.org for times and dates.


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