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Ernest B. Cohen

Bewildering Stories biography

Dr. Ernest Cohen was born in June 1932 in New York City. He attended the Bronx High School of Science; where he met his future wife, Elaine. They both attended Cornell University, where Dr. Cohen studied Math and Physics and then obtained an A.M. degree in Psychology.

In 1955, he became a computer programmer. After several years of computer work, he became an aerospace systems engineer. During this time, he obtained his doctorate in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.

He spent three years as a Management Scientist in the petroleum industry, followed by three years as an electrical engineer on a coal-burning power plant project. He taught Electrical Engineering at Wilkes College and worked as an Environmental Scientist for the state of New Jersey.

Becoming concerned about energy and the environment, he wrote a novel, RIF: Reduction in Force, to expound his philosophy. In 1985, he and Elaine founded the Community of Families (Kehillot Mishpakhot) to experiment in community dynamics towards sustainability. In 1990, they formed Sustainable Society Action Project (SSAP) which has organized 15 conferences on sustainability at colleges in the Philadelphia area.

The Cohens have four children and seven grandchildren. Dr. Cohen writes occasional poems, and a monthly on-line opinion page in the Almanac for Electrical Engineers.

Copyright © 2012 by Ernest B. Cohen,
Ph.D.; Professional Engineer

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